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City of Cape Town ups price of water to reduce consumption

City of Cape Town ups price of water to reduce consumption City of Cape Town ups price of water to reduce consumption
Patty Aguilar | 07 February, 2018, 04:23

"Capetonians must continue reducing consumption if we are to avoid Day Zero", the city's deputy mayor Ian Neilson said in a statement.

The City of Cape Town has warned residents that their February water and sanitation accounts will reflect the new punitive tariffs which came into effect at the start of the month in a bid to drive down consumption. The tariffs are linked to usage. She pointed out that agriculture had made considerable progress in using water more productively.

"The crisis occurred due to increasing global water shortages, as well as increasingly poor sustainability and resilience in water supplies for cities. The highest users will face the greatest increases". At first, it was slated for several different dates in April, authorities moved the date to May 11, citing a decline in agricultural water use, according to the Associated Press. "There has not been any significant decline in urban usage". As a City, we are required to keep within the allocation as set by the National Department of Water and Sanitation.

"Everyone is taking as many steps and measures that they possibly can to try and make sure we don't reach Day Zero", said Gabrielle Bolton, spokeswoman for the five-star Belmond Mount Nelson hotel.

- and R20,365.56 for 50 kl.

City of Cape Town ups price of water to reduce consumption

"Cape Town is using about 500 million litres of water per day... so it's more or less 20 days of water", Groenewald said.

Groenewald explains the process of opening the valves at 11 am on Tuesday morning in the Palmiet River area all the way to the Steenbras Dam.

In addition, cities like Kenya's Nairobi and Ghana's Accra have suffered recurrent water shortages for years as reservoirs fall to critical levels in the dry season.

"I am concerned we will run out of water and it is hard", said Susan Jones, a grandmother who regularly visits the Newlands spring taps.

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