CAPE TOWN, January 18 – The City of Cape Town announced drastic new water usage curbing measures on Thursday, including that the daily usage limit drops from 87 to 50 litres per person per day.
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said Cape Town had “reached a point of no return” and that reaching Day Zero on April 21 is “now very likely”.
The new regulations come into effect on February 1 and will last for a period of 150 days, following which the situation will be reviewed.
De Lille further said that the City was proposing a punitive tariff in a bid to force residents to use less water. “We can no longer ask people to stop wasting water. We must force them. We have listened to the comments of thousands of residents asking for fairness. Council will on Friday be voting on a punitive tariff that will charge residents exponentially higher rates for water usage above 6,000 litres per month.”
De Lille also said a decision had been taken to drop the controversial proposed Drought Charge “after a massive outcry from Capetonians that it was unfair”.
The new restrictions are set at Level 6B and comes after months of the city missing the 500 million litre per day collective consumption target.
– African News Agency (ANA)