The City of Cape Town has reminded residents that although water restrictions were lifted as of 1 November 2020, permanent regulations still apply.
Some water restrictions were lifted in Cape Town thanks to water-wise measures and generous amounts of rainfall, however, residents are encouraged to continue to be water-smart.
According to the City, the total capacity of dams supplying the Cape Town metro decreased by approximately 1,7% in the last week, from 90,7% the previous week to 89,1%.
Moreover, the daily water consumption for the same period is said to have increased to 793 million litres per day, compared to 754 million litres the week before.
See below the permanent regulations in the City’s Water By-law that still apply despite the lifting of water restrictions:
Outdoor water use and groundwater
• Watering only allowed before 09:00 or after 18:00 (to avoid evaporation losses in the heat of the day). This applies to watering with municipal drinking water and is also recommended for alternative water e.g. borehole and well-point water.
• Automated sprinkler systems (where permitted) must be able to be correctly positioned and be able to be adjusted to prevent water wastage.
• Hosepipes used for watering or washing vehicles, boats and caravans (when permitted) must be fitted with a controlling device such as a spray nozzle or automatic self-closing device.
• No hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with municipal drinking water allowed. Water users, such as abattoirs, food-processing industries, care facilities, animal shelters and other industries or facilities with special needs (health/safety related only) must apply for an exemption.
• Outdoor taps, except those on residential properties, must be secured to prevent unauthorised use.
• The City recommends that alternative water sources like boreholes and well-point water be used sparingly and efficiently.
Efficiency of taps, toilets and showers
• The maximum flow rate of new and replaced showerheads may not exceed seven litres per minute.
• The maximum flow rate of any tap installed at a washbasin may not exceed six litres per minute.
• New or replaced toilet cisterns may not exceed six litres in capacity.
• Handwash basins and showers provided at public facilities must be fitted with demand type taps.
• All swimming pools must be covered by a pool cover to avoid evaporation when not in use.
• Automatic top-up systems using a float valve fed from a municipal drinking water source to supply swimming pools and garden ponds are not allowed.
• Commercial car wash industries must comply with industry best-practice norms regarding water usage per car washed (e.g. recycling and re-using a minimum of 50% of the water used).
• Municipal drinking water may not be used to dampen building sand and other building material to prevent it from being blown away.