Entries tagged with “Water restrictions”.


The best news this year, other than the fantastic winter rain our city has received and still appears to receive this month, is that the City of Cape Town is to reduce the water restrictions from Level 6B to Level 5. (more…)

One of the last statements by Mayor Patricia de Lille was her announcement of the most stringent water restrictions to date, effective from today 1 February, at Level 6B, reducing consumption to 50 liters per person per day, an admission that the City of Cape Town is unable to augment Cape Town’s water supply in time, to prevent Day Zero (now moved back to 16 April)! De Lille has since been silenced and removed from all matters relating to the Cape Town water crisis!  (more…)

I was recently asked if I would be leaving the country on Day Zero, projected to be 16 April currently, something that had never crossed my mind! It appears that a large number of locals are making plans to leave Cape Town, and reside elsewhere in our country or internationally, where they will have access to water! Quite frankly, I wouldn’t miss Day Zero for anything, as Cape Town will be making world history in being the first city in the world to run out of water!  (more…)

For the first time Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson has issued a statement about the City of Cape Town’s dire water shortage situation, after taking over the responsibility for the water situation for the city, as well as its communication. Current Mayor Patricia de Lille has been suspended from all water-related issues and its communication! Sadly the Deputy Mayor has announced that water-saving measures are not meeting targets, and therefore Day Zero has been brought forward by nine days to 12 April, from 21 April previously!  (more…)

On Saturday 1 July the City of Cape Town moved its water restrictions up one notch, to Level 4B, reducing the average daily consumption to 87 liters per person, from 100 liters per day previously. This move has been necessitated by the small impact that rainfall in May and June has made on our province’s water supply!  (more…)

Today Premier Helen Zille announced that the Western Cape has been declared a disaster area, given our province’s worst drought since 1904. Given that the dams supplying Cape Town collectively only have about 20% water left, one wonders what took her so long to make this declaration! The declaration is yet to be gazetted! (more…)

imageFrom tomorrow water restrictions will apply in Cape Town and Somerset West, to address the lower dam levels due to reduced winter rainfall in the Cape. This reflects climate change as well as the el Nino effect, which is particularly making itself felt currently in affecting the world’s weather.

The water restrictions have two major aspects: (more…)