In response to the worst drought in more than 100 years, on 1 July 2017 the City of Cape Town implemented level 4b restrictions to drive down water usage to 500 million litres of collective water usage per day. That means all water users in Cape Town must use less than 87 litres of water per day – at work, at home, or elsewhere.
A dry 2018 summer is on the cards, and rainfall remains incredibly uncertain, so we must cut our water use even more to save as much water as we can while we still have water. To get to below 87 litres of water per person per day in total, wherever you are, the City asks that we all:
- Only flush the toilet when necessary, wherever you are.
- Take a shower that is shorter than two minutes.
- Switch to an efficient shower head.
- Only do a “wipe down” on alternative days to conserve water.
- Collect your shower, bath and basin water and reuse it to flush your toilet, and for the garden and cleaning (bear in mind that greywater use has some health and hygiene risks you must avoid; keep hands and surface areas sanitised/disinfected).
- Defrost food in the fridge or naturally rather than placing it under running water.
- Use a cup instead of running taps in the bathroom or kitchen for brushing teeth, shaving, drinking etc.
- Wait for a full load before running washing machines and dishwashers.
- The rinse water from some washing machines can be reused for the next wash cycle.
- Upgrade to a multi-flush toilet and/or put a water displacement item in the cistern which can halve your water use per flush.
- Fit taps with aerators or restrictors to reduce flow to no more than six litres per minute, as per the City’s by-laws.
- Check for leaks on your property and fix it immediately.