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Cape Town water use down, but still not enough – City

'Far from out of the woods, but if we are able to maintain a sustained collective focus, this should result in meeting targets'

Cape Town water use down, but still not enough - City

1 December 2016

Cape Town - Residents appear to have heeded the call to cut down on their water use, but the City of Cape Town is still urging them to use less.

On Thursday, in a statement, the City said the amount of water used this week, compared to last, had decreased.

From November 14 to 21, between 870 and 890 million litres of water was used daily.

The City said this week that usage had dropped to an average of 854 million litres per day.

But it was pushing for less than 800 million litres to be used daily.

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"We are still using too much water and thus cannot guarantee that our dams won't be depleted to dangerous levels by the end of summer. In the last week, the dam levels have declined by 1.3%, from 55.8% to 54.5%," it said in a statement.

"According to the City's calculations, if residents are able to ensure that their water consumption over the coming summer months does not exceed their consumption over winter, we will be able to meet this target."

Mayoral committee member for utility services, Ernest Sonnenberg, encouraged residents and industrial water users to raise awareness about the issue and to report any water wastage.

"We are far from out of the woods, but if we are able to maintain a sustained collective focus on the issue, this should result in us meeting our targets before too long. All residents should please do their part in disseminating this message, and reporting contraventions to water.restrictions@capetown.gov.za where necessary," he said.

This article first appeared on News24, see here.