City of Cape Town releases Water Outlook 2018 Summary
  11/01/2018     News, water, Cape Town, waste sector desk

The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department has released the Water Outlook 2018 Report. The Summary contains details on the current water system status including the latest water system figures, recent water consumption trends, as well as the key risks to maintaining water levels.

Recent water consumption rates have exceeded the City’s target of 500 million litres of water per day, and current dam levels stand at 28.7%. Water levels are dropping at a rate of 1% each week. At current consumption rates, Day Zero has been scheduled to take place within the next 15 weeks. Water saving efforts must improve and current consumption rates must decrease in order for Day Zero to be averted.

The Summary contains the City’s newly proposed measures for 2018 under consideration for implementation to maintain water supplies. These include:

  • Introducing punitive tariffs from 1st February 2018 to target water abusers
  • Further implementation of demand management devices and flow restrictors
  • Severe pressure management that may disrupt water supply

In addition, the Summary emphasizes the need for the Agricultural sector to reduce their current water consumption rates, with particular focus on those not adhering to the existing restrictions.

The financial implications associated with the drought and the City’s proposed mechanisms in dealing with these financial challenges are also featured within the Summary.

For access to the Water Outlook 2018 Summary, click here.