City of Cape Town Withdraws Drought Levy Proposal

Car washing is banned in Cape Town

Today (Friday, 19th January, 2018), the city council votes on increasing water tariffs by as much as seven times for the heaviest users.

(Globe & Mail) Cape Town, one of the biggest cities in South Africa and a famed tourist attraction, is warning its residents that they will soon have to queue for water.

City will take on Ajax in their first home match this year in the highly anticipated Derby at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday though it is not clear weather Masoud will be included in the team.

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'We have to change our relationship with water, ' said De Lille, who according to accounts now spends 70 per cent of her working day dealing with the crisis.

"It is quite unbelievable that a majority of people do not seem to care and are sending all of us headlong towards Day Zero". Despite our urging for months, 60% of Capetonians are callously using more than 87 litres per day.

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For example, if a household uses 10,500 liters of water per month, the current tariff is R109.50.

Families must apply to increase their water quota if they feel they can justify needing more than the designated allotment.

Day Zero is the day when taps will be closed and residents will be required to get water from various designated water collection points. For reference, an individual uses about 15 liters per minute for an average shower, or when flushing a standard toilet, according to WaterWise.

Cape Town will impose tighter water restrictions starting February 1, limiting each resident to 50 liters (13 gallons) a day, compared with 85 liters now, it said in a statement Thursday. But these projects alone are still not enough to prevent Day Zero.

Khaya Yozi, the ANC's Cape Town spokesperson, hit back on social media saying Madikizela's statement was an attempt at seeking relevance, while his corruption probe in the legislature was pending.

Instead residents will have to queue at standpipes for daily water rations of 25 litres (6.6 USA gallons). The region has experienced a serious lack of rainfall for the last three years.

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