Here is what the new relaxed water restrictions look like for Cape Town

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Cape Town will be receiving relaxed water restrictions from October and the city is even looking at lowering water tariffs, this is what will change…


As of the 1st of October, the City of Cape Town will be able to loosen their belts a little and up their daily water usage. The Deputy Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Ian Neilson, announced recently that they will be relaxing the strict 6B water restrictions in favour of a more lenient level 5 structure.

We shared that the city would consider relaxing the restrictions when dams hit an overall average of 85%.

Level 5 will mean more water usage per person, the current allowance is 50 litres per person and it will be bumped up to 70 litres per day.

At present, the goal is to keep the water usage below 450 million. Under the new level, 500 million litres per day is the goal. Something Capetonians are already almost doing. As of August, Capetonians had reduced their water usage to 513 million litres per day.

Another benefit of the new levels is that tariffs will be lowered as well.

The new Residential tariffs (excluding VAT) are as follows:

  • 0 – 6 kL: Down from R28.90/kL to R21,19 kL
  • 6 – 10,5 kL: Down from R46/kL to R34,43/kL
  • 10 – 35 kL: Down from R120,27 to R52,39/kL
  • Above 34k L: Down from R1 000/kL to R300/kL

These reductions in tariff pricing will hopefully help everyone out in the long run. This is good news for all.

You can find a full list of the new rules here. The rules state that 87 litres is the allowance, this is incorrect, it will be 70 litres until announced otherwise.

Sources: News24 / The South African / EWN
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