The City of Cape Town says water users must expect water rationing, which could lead to water supply disruptions.
The city’s dam levels are currently at 38,5%, with useable water at 28,5%.
The city has warned of disruptions if usage is above the required levels during peak water usage times in the mornings between 5am and 9am and in the evenings between 5pm and 9pm.
While everyone will have water, the city says that the duration of outages will depend on the water usage for the area and whether it is within the water restriction levels.
Services will be restored as soon as demand decreases to within the limitations of Level 5 water restrictions.
The city’s Xanthea Limberg explains in a statement: “Reducing water usage remains the most vital intervention to help see the city through the summer ahead.
“With the help of almost half of Capetonians, as well as our pressure interventions, leak management programme and the installation of water management devices, we have brought usage down from more than 1,1 billion litres per day to the current volume – but further critical measures, such as pressure reduction, must be intensified to maintain reduced demand throughout summer.”
Water users in low-lying areas have been urged to reduce usage in order to assist outages in the higher-lying areas.
“The city supplies sufficient water to an area, but if the demand is too high then those in high-lying areas or high-lying properties will experience some outages.”
Limberg adds that saving water is non-negotiable.
“We ask all water users to support us and to help us to get through this unprecedented drought which is affecting large parts of South Africa as well.”
Officials have issued a list of dos and don'ts.
Water users should keep at least between 5-10 litres of water available for drinking use only for the household during rationing, store additional water for pets, label water storage containers as ‘drinking water' and ensure that all taps are closed when not in use to prevent damage/flooding when the supply is restored, among other things.
Residents have been warned against storing excessive municipal water ahead of water rationing or showering for more than a minute, among other things.
For information on how to meet the daily water usage requirement and more visit the water restrictions page on the city’s website here.