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New water restriction tariffs hit Cape Town: what you need to know

Chris_the_Brit

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The person who set up the Dear Cape Town website should be awarded a medal...it makes it so easy to participate in the public participation process! Well done to all who commented!
 

Geoff.D

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Not really anything new here. I own a property outside of Cape Town where I pay R 181p/m for water even though I don't use a drop (hell, I don't even have anything connected to the municipal water supply, no meter, nothing).
I did not know they sell phantom water by the meter?:crylaugh:
 

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CITY OF CAPE TOWN

15 MAY 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY

City to ramp up pressure management for drought relief

In response to the worst drought in the city’s history, the Water and Sanitation Department is expediting the roll-out of pressure management technology to various parts of the water supply network. We thank residents for their cooperation in reducing water consumption thus far, and regret any inconvenience this will cause.

The first planned work in the Racecourse Zone 1 will affect the Vierlanden, Durmonte, Klein Nederburg, Bergsig and Wellway Park areas. It is bounded by Botterblom Street to the north, Goedemoed Road to the east, Paul Kruger Street and Ruiterhoogte Avenue to the west and De Villiers Drive to the south. Some 2 032 households will be affected.

The work is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 17 May 2018 from 20:00 to 02:00. Other areas will be informed of supply disruptions in due course.

Not only does pressure management generally lower consumption by reducing the rate at which water flows to properties, it also reduces leaks and pipe bursts by better ensuring that pressure remains within levels that the pipework can tolerate, and reduces the rate of loss from leaks and bursts.

We have identified 25 areas across the city that could benefit from this technology over the next three months, and contractors have been brought in to speed up the programme.

At all times careful consideration will be given to ensure minimal disruption to the water supply in the affected areas.

Please store only up to 10 litres of water for essential usage if required. However, residents living in the affected areas are urged not to stockpile large volumes of municipal water. This is because if there are any significant service interruptions, they are not expected to be in effect for long periods.

Please also keep taps closed to prevent water damage in the event of water being restored after a disruption.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused; these are part of our efforts to avoid Day Zero.

Click on the following link to view a map of the affected area:


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Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town

Media enquiries: media.account@capetown.gov.za.
 

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Icemanbrfc

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My water bill went up, by 6 times as much as what I use to pay. And the bad part is I used less water than before. I'm so fed up over this now.
 

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I just sent the email now. I will post the response here.
I sent a second email yesterday that was also read and still no reply from their media desk.

Is there anyone else that can send them an email requesting clarity regarding the increases for the other water restriction level tariffs 1 to 5?
 

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CITY OF CAPE TOWN

17 MAY 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY

City advises of disruption to water supply in Brackenfell area

The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be completing work on a part of the water supply network feeding parts of Brackenfell this evening, 17 May 2018. It is expected that the water supply to the area will be disrupted between 20:00 on 17 May and 05:00 on 18 May 2018 to facilitate the work.

The affected area is bordered by Frans Conradie Drive (M25) to the south, Brackenfell Boulevard (M100) to the west, Okavango Road (M137) to the east, and the N1 to the north.

Careful consideration has been given to the planning of this work to ensure minimal disruption to the water supply in the affected area.

The water supply network across the City is divided into reticulation zones which are smaller and much more manageable sections of the large network for purposes of maintenance and upgrades. This work forms part of the City’s Water Demand Management Plan and will significantly reduce the occurrence of pipe bursts and subsequent water losses.

Residents are advised to store water in clean sealed containers for domestic use during this period. Please also ensure taps remain in the off position to prevent damage to property and water wastage if supply is restored ahead of schedule.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused.

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Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town

Media enquiries: media.account@capetown.gov.za.
 

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CITY OF CAPE TOWN



17 MAY 2018



MEDIA RELEASE


City looks to alternative water sources for recreational facilities


The City’s Recreation and Parks Department is spending more than R3 million in a bid to secure alternative water sources for some of its sports fields and parks. The interventions include the installation of boreholes, well-points and storage tanks and the initiative forms part of the Recreation and Parks Department’s efforts to build resilience amid the persistent drought. Read more below:


Recreational facilities have gone from green to brown amid the persistent drought and resultant water restrictions. Currently, in terms of Level 6B restrictions, no irrigation is permissible using drinking water and even irrigation using alternative water sources like boreholes and well-points is limited to an hour on Tuesdays and Saturdays.


As a result, many of the City’s 610 sports fields have been rendered unusable and access has been restricted to prevent irreversible damage.


‘We have had to advise many sporting codes to curtail their activities because many of our fields would simply not be able to handle the wear and tear of regular use without proper irrigation. We can also not say with any level of certainty what winter will be like and whether the rainfall will be significant enough to help rehabilitate fields and parks, and also to fill the dams to the point where water restrictions can be revised to allow for more regular irrigation come summer,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.


In a bid to make facilities more resilient in future and less reliant on rainfall, the City’s Social Services Directorate has secured a tender for the installation of boreholes at priority community facilities – Recreation and Parks has some 23 facilities on that list that should have access to boreholes or be linked to treated effluent supply lines before the end of the current financial year or early in the new financial year.


Priority facilities on the list include:


Sports fields: Turfhall, Mamre, Malibu, William Herbert, Rooikrans, PP Smit, Sarepta, Jan Burger, Green Point Track, Rocklands JQ, 14th Avenue, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Uitsig, Allenby Drive, Royal Road, Khayelitsha cricket oval, Erica Park


Stadiums: Gugulethu, Khayelitsha


Parks: Jack Muller, Erica Park, Westridge Gardens, Wallflower


Other measures that have been or will be implemented include water storage tanks and further investment in alternative playing surfaces like synthetic pitches. Currently, construction is under way on two of three synthetic pitches in Ocean View and Gugulethu that were budgeted for in the current financial year.


‘The Seawinds synthetic pitch project is hanging in the balance because the contractor is unable to get onto the site amid threats of disruption related to the unrest in nearby Vrygrond. We have budgeted R8 million for this project and, as we are in a race against time with the end of the financial year looming, we’ll more than likely have to redirect this money. This is an example of the far-reaching impact of protest action – a community in need of quality recreational facilities having to wait possibly another year, if not longer, for the rollout of such facilities,’ added Alderman Smith.


To date, the City has already invested more than R100 million in 29 synthetic football pitches across the metropole – 19 are full-sized and 10 provide five-a-side facilities.


The Recreation and Parks Department is also working towards converting some municipal swimming pools to saltwater pools, pending Environmental Impact Assessments and budget availability as the conversion is a costly exercise that requires a change to the entire filtration system of a swimming pool to handle the salt water. Priority facilities on the list would include Strand indoor swimming pool, Muizenberg swimming pool, Mnandi swimming pool and Monwabisi swimming pool because of their proximity to the ocean.


‘The City has thousands of recreational and community facilities that have all been impacted by the drought. Sports fields are in the public eye and require a lot of water to be rendered usable, but we have also been working hard to revisit our approach to water use and savings at our resorts and community halls. Finding the budget to institute all of the measures we have identified is the trick, and so we are unable to make changes overnight, but I assure residents that we are doing everything possible to become more resilient and ensure continued service delivery and access to facilities in spite of the challenges brought about by the drought,’ said Alderman Smith.


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Note to broadcasters: audio clips are available for download

For English: https://soundcloud.com/ct-media/180518-smith-sports-fields/s-4lgVu

For Afrikaans: https://soundcloud.com/ct-media/170518-afr-smith-sports-fields


Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town


Media enquiries: Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400 1311 or Cell: 083 675 3780, Email: jean-pierre.smith@capetown.gov.za (please always copy media.account@capetown.gov.za).
 

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https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...ve-put-many-capetonians-in-hot-water-20180518

There is a new phrase in Cape Town's lexicon: Day Zero injuries.

Most of them are caused by lugging buckets of grey water from showers and washing machines to recycle in the loo or garden.

Some of them are minor and heal with a bit of rest. Others are more serious and need physiotherapy, or in a few cases, surgery.
The problem began back in January when the City council said the drought was so severe that Cape Town's taps could run dry. To avoid Day Zero, Capetonians were told they had to live on just 50l of water a person a day.

The sale of buckets went up and people across the city started collecting water from showers and washing machines to flush toilets, water gardens and clean floors.

While millions of people around the world - and in this country - have no running water and have to collect it from rivers or communal taps far from their homes, most middle-class South Africans have little experience of lugging heavy buckets around day after day.
Rashaad Jakoet, also from the Sports Science Institute, said another way people had injured themselves was from loading heavy water containers into vehicles.

"You'll get moms coming back from the school run and quickly stopping to fill containers at a spring, for instance, and then lifting them into the back of the SUV. Some people don't realise that 20l of water weigh 20kg, and doing that when you are not used to it can cause injuries," he said.
Lots of irony in the rest of the article...
 

Chris_the_Brit

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Finally some desalination plants are coming online: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/cape-town-desalination-plants-water-may/ . All rather behind schedule but it is what it is. However, it is a rather pitiful amount as consumption is over 500ml/day currently.

For over a year now, residents of Cape Town have heard about the city’s big plans for three desalination plants. Of course, they would take time to build, but things also ran a bit behind schedule.

Cape Town desalination plants progress
On Wednesday, Mayoral Committee member Xanthea Limberg confirmed that construction and water quality testing at the plants have been completed.

While the Strandfontein plant was expected to go online in March, the Monwabisi plant was supposed to launch at the beginning of April. The plant at the V&A Waterfront did start producing water, the quality, however, was not up to scratch and the city was not happy.

The City of Cape Town funded the plants from its own budget and not from the budget of the national Department of Water and Sanitation. Limberg says the completion of the plants was delayed due to the testing process taking longer than expected, as well as funding issues.

The Monwabisi and Strandfontein plants are expected to produce seven million litres per day. Each facility cost around R250m. The Waterfront facility will deliver just two million litres per day.

The City has also announced new pressure management plans to help reduce usage and combat the drought.

The plans will see new technology added in 25 specific areas that the city has identified to be the best suited.
https://www.thesouthafrican.com/cape-town-desalination-plants-water-may/
 

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I've stopped filling my toilets with well-point water - they've all started leaking - so when you turn the tap on - the water just runs.

I'm basically back up to about 6Kl - and it won't change until I can get my wellpoint treated and plumbed into the house.
 

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So 3 emails sent and not a single reply from the City.

Anyone else want to try?

My email was simple and only asked for clarity regarding the proposed increase for the other tariffs and not only level 6 as mentioned in their press release. If the budgeted increase for tariffs 1 to 5 had also been reviewed like level 6.
 

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So 3 emails sent and not a single reply from the City.

Anyone else want to try?

My email was simple and only asked for clarity regarding the proposed increase for the other tariffs and not only level 6 as mentioned in their press release. If the budgeted increase for tariffs 1 to 5 had also been reviewed like level 6.
Can't you perhaps post itcon their facebook, myspace, twitter, grindr etc?
 
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