Inundated by an avalanche of complaints, the city’s deputy mayor, Ian Neilson now wants water restrictions gradually lowered, but knows very well that the national government will only do so when dam levels reach 85%.

“Dam levels have again improved over the past week, rising by 1,9% to 62% of storage capacity. The average water consumption for the past week was 513 million litres per day, down from the previous week’s 527 million litres per day.” Neilson’s request comes as the city dam levels reach 62% storage capacity.

“This means, for instance, that Cape Town is required to reduce usage by 45% of what it would normally be allocated. This is also how the city’s target of 450million litres of water per day, or 50 litres per person per day, was calculated. The city has been advocating a risk-based and conservative adjustment of restriction levels for some time now.”

Spokesperson for the DWS, Sputnik Ratau said the government’s position remains steadfast in that restrictions would only be lowered at 85% capacity. He said the rains had helped the province over the last few days. Click here to read more on Cape Town’s water restriction. – IOL News