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    We have essentially the same amount of water stored now as we did one year ago - 21.4% vs 21.5%

    https://resource.capetown.gov.za/doc.../damlevels.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Archer View Post
    We have essentially the same amount of water stored now as we did one year ago - 21.4% vs 21.5%

    https://resource.capetown.gov.za/doc.../damlevels.pdf
    The current status and savings are pretty incredible, when you realise we started this year in January at 31%, versus 46% in January 2017: http://www.capetown.gov.za/Media-and...06,7%20percent

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    Quote Originally Posted by signates View Post
    Not happy having to pay a fee even with zero water usage.
    You'll probably have to get them to officially remove your water and sewerage connections. Once both pipes to the property are sealed off then you'd be officially off the grid.

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    19/03 - 18/04, still under the limit 4kl, 130l per day, 3 persons
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rouxenator View Post
    19/03 - 18/04, still under the limit 4kl, 130l per day, 3 persons
    Technically I'm at zero for this billing period but they decided to do an estimate for the first time in more than two years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by signates View Post
    Technically I'm at zero for this billing period but they decided to do an estimate for the first time in more than two years.
    That's CoCT for you. They come and read my meter every month.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by signates View Post
    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: [email protected].

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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/1805...fields/s-4lgVu

    For Afrikaans: https://soundcloud.com/ct-media/1705...-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: [email protected] (please always copy [email protected]).

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    https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/N...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...

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    Finally some desalination plants are coming online: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/cape...nts-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...nts-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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    Quote Originally Posted by biometrics View Post
    Keep us posted.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by signates View Post
    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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