"The City has already progressively lowered pressure in the system over the course of the past year, but is from this month intensifying this programme to ensure that preservation targets are met."Many residents can expect a rationing of water and water outages during peak times, mainly the mornings and evenings.
"The City’s reticulation network is divided into supply zones, and water into all supply zones will be rationed through the use of pressure-reducing valves,"explains Limberg.This phase doesn't limit the availability of water completely, but rather aims at reducing the consumption. Limberg has advised residents to make alternative arrangements in case of a water outage. Citizens are advised to make a 5 litre bottle of water available at all times for personal consumption.
"The City of Cape Town cannot speak for other municipalities, however this practice is permitted in terms of Section 36 the City of Cape Town’s Water By-law," adds Limberg.This by-law provides the right for any municipal authority to take action if there is a water scarcity in their region.
"These residents(with high water consumption) will first be warned that they have been identified as a high user and given a chance to self-correct. Failing this, a water management device will be installed."The City has made a plan for the poorer communities as well as other institutions, such as hospitals.
"Special efforts made to preserve supply to critical services such as clinics and hospitals. Lower pressure in the system will result in short-term outages which will particularly affect higher-lying areas."Day Zero is becoming a reality. For a full outline of the CWSDP, click here.