The water situation in the City of Cape Town gone from bad to worse after the city urged residents to keep an emergency stock of two to five litres of water.
The city has started more pressure reduction, which could disturb supply to some high lying areas.
The city’s mayoral committee member for informal settlements water, and waste services; and energy, Xanthea Limberg told residents the supply interruptions are likely due to increased water pressure reduction actions.
She said residents must keep emergency water stocks for consumption and basic hygiene, adding that despite rumours, the city’s water is safe to drink.
Earlier this week, the city urged residents to limit daily water use to 100 litres daily.
Residents are encouraged to show no longer than two minutes per person, toilets should only be flushed when necessary and with grey water, and interior plumbing and plumbing fixtures must be checked for leaks.
On Thursday, the City of Cape Town introduced Level 4 water restrictions, which is a way for the city to stretch the little water left in the city’s supply as the drought continues.
Limberg said because the city has never before lowered pressure to this extent, reaching this balance will need some element of trial and error.
It’s believed multi-storey buildings, that do not use pumps and overhead tanks as required by the City’s building regulations, are expected to have supply issues, while residents must also ensure body corporates and managing agents are ready for the intense restrictions.
Limberg further urged anyone who experiences water interruptions to report it to 0860 103 089.
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