Phase one of Cape Town’s water-shortages plan is in effect as the dam levels of useable water sit at just 28,5%. The city says that all residents across the city can expect water rationing, which could lead to possible water-supply disruptions.
The disruptions are likely to occur between 5am and 9am in the mornings and between 5pm and 9pm in the evenings, if overall usage exceeds the required amount.
‘If an area is using water above the daily limitation‚ pressure will be reduced to the required level to force consumption down. When consumers reduce consumption‚ pressure is restored‚’ the City of Cape Town said in its statement.
The water supply will normalise as soon as the consumption level decreases to a level within the level-five restrictions.
The city has released *guidelines on how to cope with water rationing. Check them out:
- Keep five to 10 litres of water for drinking use only for the household during rationing (average of four persons per household) and keep additional water for pets.
- Reconsider water use at peak water-usage times. Flatten out the peak by showering (for no more than a minute) later in the evening or before 6am, or do washing after 9pm‚ etc.
- When you experience a loss of water supply‚ check your neighbour’s supply first before you contact the City’s call centre. Higher-lying properties will likely experience a higher risk of rationing.
- If you reside in or operate from multi-storey buildings‚ ensure that the water-supply system (booster pumps and roof-top storage) is in working order in compliance with the Water By-Law.
- Ensure that taps are closed when not in use to prevent flooding when the supply is restored. The City is not liable for damage to private infrastructure due to rationing. When supply is restored‚ the water may appear to be cloudy. Store it and use it for flushing.
- Store essential water in a cool‚ dark place away from light and dust. Bottles must be sealed to prevent contamination. Clearly label water storage containers as ‘drinking water’.
- Where containers (other than bottles) are to be used for storage‚ ensure they are cleaned and disinfected.
- Keep non-drinking water for flushing‚ particularly in multi-storey buildings as the upper floors may not have water during pressure management cycles.
- Use less toilet paper as this requires less water to flush and prevents blockages.
- Store excessive municipal water or waste water.
- Store non-drinking water for flushing longer than a couple of days.
- Use borehole‚ spring or river water for drinking.
- Flush toilets with sea water (use grey water)
Beware of thieves pretending to install water-efficient gadgets on behalf of the City in private homes in an effort to gain access to your premises.
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