The Department of Water and Sanitation has instructed the City of Cape Town to curb water use by 40% following the failure so far of around 50% of Capetonians in adhering to water restrictions.
Water usage must be cut immediately to 500 million litres of collective usage per day according to the department.
The municipality of Cape Town says to date the national restriction has been 20% which the city was able to meet.
Last month, the City of Cape Town said its officials had installed 71 water management devices at the homes of water guzzlers.
According to recent numbers one in two users are adhering to water restrictions with a general trend towards apathy regarding the provincial water crisis.
The municipality’s collective water consumption is at 614 million litres of water per day, this was 114 million litres above the city’s target of 500 million litres per day.
However, the municipality said there are still too many Capetonians who are seemingly not bothered by the level 5 restrictions or higher water tariffs.
The city's Xanthea Limberg: “Our recently implemented level 5 restrictions also look at ways to force usage down amongst water users who are not changing their behaviour.
“This is especially important as we head towards what we are all expecting to be an incredibly difficult summer 2017/2018.”