Halve your water usage to avoid Day Zero
Due to our water-saving efforts and declining water use from the agricultural sector, Day Zero has been moved out to 11 May 2018.
However, the only way we can push it out further is if we all keep up the momentum and “live the 50 litre life” and drop commercial water use by 45%, as per level 6b water restrictions.
Level 6b water restrictions came into effect from 1 February, with the following impact:
- Residents to use 50 litres per day; across home, work, school or elsewhere.
- Commercial properties need to reduce usage by 45% compared with the corresponding period in 2015 (pre-drought).
- Agricultural users need to reduce usage by 60% compared with the corresponding period in 2015 (pre-drought).
Full level 6b water restrictions guidelines, including new guidelines for borehole and well-point use.
- The new water and sanitation tariff structures that came into effect on 1 February 2018.
- New National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) guidelines for groundwater use.
RESOURCES TO HELP AVOID DAY ZERO
- Day Zero Dashboard – indicates date from when we may have to start queueing for water. Updated every Monday.
- City of Cape Town Water Dashboard showing dam levels and water usage. Updated everyMonday
- City Dam Levels Model – The Dam Levels Model is a macro-enabled spreadsheet which contains simplified dam level data so that you can stay informed about current water levels. Updated weekly.
- Water Saving Toolkits – water and drought-related materials e.g. posters and guides
- How to save water in your business or organisation, including a building water usage poster and guide.
- Summary Guidelines for Alternative Water Installations, and apply here to install and use such systems.
- Water Outlook 2018 Report and Water Outlook 2018 Presentation – produced by the City of Cape Town Water and Sanitation Department. Updated ad-hoc.
- Day Zero and Water-related FAQs
- Water Rationing Guide
- Safe Use of Greywater booklet – how to use greywater safely at home or work.
- All drought-related City of Cape Town media releases
All drought-related information at www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater
Subscribe to Day Zero and drought-related information at www.capetown.gov.za/subscribe
PARTNER SITES AND RESOURCES
- 110% Green Western Cape for additional resources e.g. suppliers of water saving technologies and services. Please note that this is not an endorsement of these suppliers and/or services.
- GreenCape has a drought business support service and runs regular workshops.
- World Wildlife Fund (WWF) #WATERSHEDWEDNESDAY and the series of Wednesday Water Files.
Issued by the City of Cape Town