CAPE TOWN, The drought conditions experienced in Cape Town fore more than two years now has become the new normal for residents of South Africa’s second biggest city and the Western Cape Province as a water-scarce region.
To adapt to the new normal, we have to change our behaviour drastically to save water while we still have water to be saved, the City’s Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy, Xanthea Limberg, here Tuesday.
The City of Cape Town has warned consumers that failure to reduce consumption of water will spell disaster for everyone.
It said water usage has shot up to 643 million litres per day, which is 143 million litres above its target of 500 million litres of collective water use per day.
Our latest consumption levels are extremely worrying as many people believe that they can go back to normal behaviour due to recent rains. These recent rains are not nearly enough as we are still in a drought crisis, Limberg said.
Limberg added that too many people were not listening to the city’s warnings and appeals to reduce their consumption, adding that the rainfall had had only a very small impact on dam levels.
The fact that we are still 143 million litres over our 500 million litre target per day, means that those who are not reducing consumption are playing with everyone’s future in Cape Town,” she said.
“The lower than average rainfall, coupled with unacceptably high consumption, will hurt us all as there are still far too many stubborn people who are not doing enough to save water so that we can build up of reserves for a terribly harsh 2017/18 summer.
Dam storage levels are currently at 27.4 per cent, but the amount of usable water at the dams is only at about 17.4 per cent, which is very low for this time of the year. This time last year dam storage levels were at 47.6 per cent, with usable water standing at 37.6 per cent.
Limberg reiterated that the city is in a dire situation and Level 4b water restrictions require all water users to use less than 87 litres of water per person per day in total, irrespective of whether they are at home, at work or elsewhere.
She reminded households who fail to reduce consumption that the start of the process that could restrict supply is firmly underway.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK