Following the implementation of level 5 water restrictions in the Western Cape, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry has issued a warning to businesses that are heavily water-reliant.
The City of Cape Town says that while residential property owners are the focus of restriction campaigns, commercial property owners and businesses have been urged to cut on 20% of their water usage in order to contribute to the curb in consumption of water in the province.
The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Janine Myburgh emphasises that workable solutions will have to be found to mitigate the effects of the drought.
“The major challenge is that water usage is key and people will have to use innovative ways to address this challenge.”
She adds that small businesses have less pressure on them to reduce consumption.
“It should be easier for smaller businesses where water is not part of a key performance area.”
Officials say that business owners can install water-efficient plumbing to cut back.
The City has also warned that both residential and commercial property owners will be subject to heavy fines and stringent enforcement tactics should there be any disregard for the region’s ongoing crisis.