City reducing water pressure

Picture: Ian Landsberg

The City of Cape Town is reducing water pressure to curb leaks in the distribution network and save water.

Areas affected include Blackheath, Kleinvlei, Kuils River, Delft, Macassar, Firgrove, Somerset West, Strand, Gordon’s Bay and Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, the City said in a statement.

Dam levels have dropped to 25.2%, which is 1.1% down from a week ago.

With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being usable, dam levels are effectively at 15.2%.

Consumption over the past week is 742 million litres a day, which is 42 million litres above the collective usage target of 700 million litres a day.

The City has cautioned residents to not relax their water-saving efforts as consumption remains too high.

“It will take a number of consecutive winters of good rainfall for our dam levels to recover – and there is no guarantee that we will have above average rainfall in the coming winter,” said Xanthea Limberg, mayoral committee member for informal settlements, water and waste services; and energy.

She said the City had started reducing water pressure at the Faure reservoir to limit supply.

The pilot project had lowered pressure to the central and southern suburbs and it was estimated that it was saving 25 million litres of water a day.

“This work continues and consumers in the higher-lying central and southern suburb areas will also start to notice a drop in water pressure,” she said.

Some areas might experience loss of supply but that would be temporary. Residents can email the City at waterTOC@capetown.gov.za or SMS to 31373 for queries or to report contraventions of the water restrictions.