Cape Town’s Level 5 water restrictions

Cape Town is still recovering from a drought. The dam levels are looking healthy and we hope that our continued water saving efforts will see a full recovery of the city’s water supply.

Level 5 Water Restrictions, effective from 1 October 2018 are in place until further notice.

By supporting essential water saving practices tourists and local visitors can enjoy our beautiful city and all that it has to offer, while helping save our precious resource.

What do Level 5 Water Restrictions mean?

  • Municipal drinking-quality water may not be used for outside and non-essential purposes.
  • A daily water usage limit of 70 litres per person per day.

Level 5 Water Restrictions explained by the City: (click here)

How does this affect Home Owners?

  • Property owners will be fined if water usage limits as specified by the City (which is subject to change) are exceeded.
  • Watering of gardens is only allowed using non-potable water and watering times have been restricted in order to preserve the groundwater resource.
  • Municipal drinking water may not be used to top up or refill swimming pools.

How does this affect you?

  • Cape Town’s water quality is monitored continuously and all water supplied to our taps is safe to drink.
  • Expect gardens to be dryer than usual.
  • Swimming pools will be clean and usable to the best of the owner’s ability; many have evaporation covers and their own water source.
  • Jacuzzi’s may not be operational.
  • Water pressure may be lowered by the City of Cape Town to reduce usage.
  • Bath plugs may be removed from the property.
  • Water meter readings may be monitored at check-in and check-out to determine usage during your stay.
  • Should the City impose a fine on the owner for excessive use, you may be liable.
  • Some properties have water monitoring devices in place to limit daily water usage.

It is essential that we all work together to keep Cape Town’s taps running:

  • Take a short 2 minute shower.
  • Use a bucket to collect the water (use for flushing, cleaning the floor or watering the garden).
  • Only flush when really necessary (and preferably with grey water).
  • Don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth.
  • Use hand sanitizer instead of water.
  • Wait for a full load before running the dishwasher.
  • Run a shallow sink; don’t wash dishes under a running tap.
  • Wait for a full load before using the washing machine.
  • Consider hand washing clothing and less frequent washing.
  • Keep evaporation covers on pools when not in use.

We’re still enjoying ourselves in Cape Town:

Thankfully we have some of the greatest beaches in the world, so please make the most of them this year!
Enjoy singing in the shower to the tunes of some of SA’s biggest artists: Click here for great 2 minute shower songs.

Thank you for your support. Every drop counts!

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