31 October 2017
The City of Cape Town has activated water rationing to forcibly lower water usage in line with water restrictions across the metro as phase 1 of its critical water shortages disaster plan.
Water usage remains dangerously high above required levels.
Rationing will lead to intermittent supply, likely during peak water consumption hours in the mornings and evenings. It won’t result in a complete shutdown, but some areas may experience short water outages. Service will be restored as quickly as possible. Please note the following key points:
- Please keep up to 5 litres of water available for essential use only during rationing.
- Please do not store excessive municipal water.
- Definitive timetables of the outages cannot be provided as water systems must be managed flexibly to avoid damage to critical infrastructure.
- When you experience a loss of water supply and before you contact our call centre, please check your neighbour’s supply first to see whether it is likely a case of rationing.
- If you reside in or operate from multi-storey buildings, ensure that the water supply system (booster pumps and roof-top storage) is in working order in compliance with the Water By-law.
- The City is not liable for any impact on or damage to private infrastructure resulting from the rationing or associated operations.
- Please ensure that all taps are closed when not in use to prevent damage/flooding when the supply is restored. Ensure that you take the necessary steps, such as speaking to your insurer if possible, to mitigate potential damage and for fire prevention.
- When supply is restored, the water may appear to be cloudy from the extreme pressure reduction exercise. Please do not waste the initial water. Use it for flushing.
Water management devices are also being installed city-wide to limit excessive consumption.
Further restriction levels and usage targets will be announced at short notice and as necessary to drive down consumption to a safe level. Critical services such as clinics and hospitals will be largely unaffected. This phase is intended to help us avoid more extreme phases of the disaster plan.
Phases of the critical water shortages disaster plan
Phase 1: Activated: water rationing through extreme pressure reduction and limiting supply
Phase 2: Disaster restrictions (water collection points)
Phase 3: Full-scale disaster implementation (extreme rationing at distribution points)
Cape Town is situated in a water-scarce region. Climatic unpredictability, such as this protracted drought, must be seen as the New Normal which affects all aspects of our lives. In Cape Town, the Western Cape, and many other parts of South Africa, this severe drought continues.
Let’s Save, Cape Town! Together.
CITY MANAGER – CITY OF CAPE TOWN
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Today I visited the site of one of the City of Cape Town’s modular land-based desalination plants. The plant will produce 2 million litres of water per day and this water will be fed into the City’s water distribution network by February 2018.
Last week I made a commitment to communicate directly with all Capetonians about the City’s work to secure alternative water sources. My message is clear: we have a plan, we will supply water but Capetonians, your help is vital and so we need you to keep saving. I want to thank and commend Capetonians for their great efforts and for being partners on this journey by saving water. We managed to bring consumption down to 585 million litres of collective use per day from pre-restriction consumption levels of 1,1 billion litres per day.
We will not allow a well-run city to run out of water.
The City is securing our water resilience through saving and bringing more alternative water sources into our network. One such water source is the temporary desalination plant the City is building on East Pier Road in the V&A Waterfront. An open-air parking lot opposite the heliports will be converted into a desalination plant that will produce 2 million litres of water every day. The V&A Waterfront made the land available to the City at no cost. This is a good example how government and business can work together to ensure our water resilience. Water will be abstracted from the ocean on the harbour side of the pier, treated at the desalination plant and treated clean water will be pumped into the City’s water network near the site. The location of the site makes it easy for the City to provide services to the desalination plant. The City will provide electricity in November 2017 and construction will start soon after.
The desalination plant is in addition to the eight other modular land-based desalination plants the City is implementing.
These are for the following sites:
- Hout Bay – to produce 4 million litres per day
- Granger Bay – to produce 8 million litres of water per day
- Red Hill/Dido Valley – to produce 2 million litres of water per day
- Strandfontein – to produce 7 million litres per day
- Monwabisi – to produce 7 million litres per day
- Harmony Park – to produce 8 million litres per day
- Cape Town Harbour – to produce 50 million litres per day
- The universal sites – to produce 20 million litres per day
On Friday the City awarded the tenders to the desalination plants at Strandfontein and Monwabisi. The City is also working on groundwater abstraction at Atlantis and Silwerstroom, Cape Flats Aquifer, Cape Peninsula and Hottentots-Holland aquifers. The City has already managed to increase the production capacity of the existing Atlantis and Silwerstroom aquifer by 5 million litres per day. This will increase incrementally to 25 million litres per day. At the Zandvliet Wastewater Treatment Works, the pipeline work has already started and the yield will rise incrementally from this source to produce 10 million litres per day. I am continually assessing the City’s solutions to provide alternative water sources while Capetonians continue to save.
We are not only building water resilience in the immediate future, but also looking ahead to the years to come and how we ensure water security beyond 2018.
Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town
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20% off on all grave plots this weekend!
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We have property on show in this area this Sunday from 2pm till 5pm and you are invited!
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Wiggle Waggle will have a spirited Halloween Theme on Saturday, October 28. So, find your favorite fairy wings and superhero costumes and get ready for Cape Town’s spookiest dog walk!
This year’s MySchool Wiggle Waggle Howl-A-Ween Walk will be emceed by the lovely SABC2 Pasella presenter and model Mishka Patel along with fellow animal lover singer and model JP Robberts.
A selection of the tastiest food vendors will be on offer along with entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy a fun day out with your four-legged friends in support of fundraising for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, to help their mission to care and protect animals in need.
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Earth Fair Market are all about shopping for the whole week. The market has a strict ethos on all animal products which must be from free range and ethically farmed sources.
They host 3 butchers, with Son of a Butcher being the latest addition and they sell a range of grass fed, free range, pasture raisedmeat and Artisanal sausages.
Every Saturday 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Every Wednesday 3.00 pm – 8.30 pm
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“Our Mothers Our Fathers” – An odd name? Well, most old people are someone’s mother or someone’s father, yet so many are alone with very little support. Many of them are also simply too proud to ask for help and as a consequence the desperation of their circumstances is hidden.
OMOF was a name chosen to remind us all, that these senior citizens are entitled to dignity and compassion. If you know of such a person who may need to be considered as a beneficiary of the OMOF initiative, rest assured the matter will be handled by Ann with great care and empathy.The OMOF Christmas hamper collection for the most deserving old and destitute people in the False Bay area has started!
You can really help make a difference to this special time of year and we are appealing for those who are prepared to donate to please do so early so we can get the hampers ready by the 10th of December but our volunteers will be delivering on Christmas Eve to make the hampers truly special.
We are also adding a wrapped GIFT inside each hamper to also make it just that much more special.
As usual, the Hamper Collection Progress Bars on our website have been reset to zero!
Thanking you in advance for your generosity. To read more and view our progress bars (updated daily) Go to www.OMOF.co.za