Level 2 Water Restrictions to be Introduced from 1-Jan-2016

Water tariffs are on the increase as we enter the last month of Level 1 restrictions. City of Cape Town published the level 2 tariffs today on their website with the implementation date of 1-Jan-2016: read below to see extracted information on how this will affect you.

 

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee has approved Level 2 water restrictions and this will now go before Council for deliberation. The proposed date for implementation is Friday, 1 January 2016.
As we are situated in a water-scarce region, the City imposes Level 1 restrictions (10% water savings) at all times. Because the City’s dam levels are lower than the norm for this time of year, it was proposed that the City implement Level 2 restrictions (20% savings) to preserve the long-term sustainability of the resource.

20% reduction water tariffs
 If Level 2 restrictions are approved, customers will be charged according to 20% reduction tariffs to encourage greater water-use efficiency. This is designed to be revenue-neutral. In other words, the water bills of customers who reduce their water consumption by 10% should remain at a similar rand value.
For an average domestic customer, the differences in price are as follows:
Water Restrictions, Water Tariffs, 2016 Tariffs
Furthermore, if approved, residents will have to abide by the following more stringent regulations:
Restrictions applicable to all customers
  • Watering (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, flower beds, sports fields, parks, lawns and other open spaces allowed only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for a maximum of one hour per premises either before 09:00 or after 18:00. This includes watering with buckets or automated sprinkler systems.
  • Watering via boreholes and or well points falls under the same restrictions as above. Residential users are allowed only one hour a day per premises whereas businesses, industries and City or Government departments are allowed two hours a day per premises.
  • No watering will be permitted within 24 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation. Customers making use of boreholes or other sources are not exempt from this.
  • Special users (e.g. golf courses and schools) can apply to the Director: Water & Sanitation for exemption from any of the above restrictions by emailing Water.Restrictions@capetown.gov.za.
  • When watering with alternative water resources like harvested rain water, re-used grey water or treated effluent water, you are encouraged to comply with the above restrictions.
  • If other water sources (e.g. boreholes, well points, grey water re-use, treated effluent water) are utilised, all customers should ensure that they display signage to this effect that is clearly visible from a public thoroughfare.
  • No automatic top-up systems are allowed for swimming pools. It is recommended that all swimming pools be covered by a pool cover to avoid evaporation when not in use.
  • Ornamental water fountains and water features are to be operated only by recycling the water.
Restrictions applicable to residential customers
  • Washing of vehicles is only allowed with hosepipes fitted with automatic self-closing devices, or with waterless products.
  • No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with drinking water from a tap is allowed.
  • Residents are encouraged to replace all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components with water efficient parts or technologies.
Restrictions applicable to businesses (commercial and industrial)
  • Watering of plants in nurseries, farms, vegetable gardens, etc. for commercial gain will be exempted from water restrictions on application to the Director: Water and Sanitation by emailingWater.Restrictions@capetown.gov.za.
  • When washing vehicles or equipment, use only water efficient or water recycling technology and equipment or waterless products. Display of water saving and water efficiency messages is encouraged.’
  • Informal car washes are to use only buckets and not hosepipes.
  • Washing of paving and hard surfaces with potable water is prohibited. However, areas where prior permission in writing has been granted (such as for abattoirs and food processing industries) will be exempted (apply here).
  • All taps, showerheads and other plumbing components in public places must be replaced with water efficient parts or technologies.
Restrictions applicable to institutions and government Departments
  • Watering of plants in Council and other government nurseries will be exempted from the water restrictions on application to the Director: Water and Sanitation by emailingWater.Restrictions@capetown.gov.za.
  • Washing of vehicles is only allowed with hosepipes fitted with automatic self-closing devices, or with waterless products.
  • No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with drinking water from a tap is allowed.
  • All taps, showerheads and other plumbing components in public places must be replaced with water efficient parts or technologies.

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