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

    The City of Cape Town’s announcement on 18 October that Level 3 water restrictions will be implemented as of 1 November 2016, is a warning to all households in the Cape.

    Annette Evans, general manager of the Institute of Estate Agents of SA, Western Cape, says that Cape Town in for a dry summer, and that serious consideration needs to be given to the way in which water is consumed.
    “As of November, watering of gardens - which includes lawns, beds, vegetable gardens, sports fields, parks and open spaces - with drinking water from the municipal supply is only allowed if using a bucket or watering container, i.e. no hosepipes or automated irrigation systems are allowed to be used,” says Evans.

    In addition, she says any vehicle may only be washed with water from buckets, and swimming pools are only allowed to be topped up if they are fitted with pool covers. No automatic top-up systems and no portable play pools are allowed to be used.

    “The City has said that tariffs will also increase in proportion to the amount of water used in each household,” says Evans.

    “The first 6 kilolitres are free of charge as usual, but water will be charged per kilolitre after that - from R16.54 per kilolitre if the household uses between 6kl and 10.5kl, to R200.16 per kilolitre if the usage is above 50kl per month.”

    Evans says there are many things that can be done to save water, such as:

    1. Ensuring that there are no leaking taps or pipes in the home.

    2. Installing water-saving showerheads or taps.

    3. If a bath is run, recycling that water into the flower beds or lawn in the garden.

    4. Running the washing machine and dishwasher only if full.

    5. Washing dishes once a day if done by hand.

    6. Reducing the amount of water used in toilets when flushing by putting a plastic bottle filled with water inside the cistern.

    7. Turning off taps while brushing teeth or washing hands instead of letting them run.

    “Further steps could be taken to save water, such as installing a rainwater collection system or grey water recycling system, and some people use a simple gravity fed elbow at the bath drainpipe straight into the garden, so as to redirect the water without the need of tanks or pumps,” says Evans.

    “The City has also said that households need to consider a longer-term view of what would happen if the drought extends into next season, and serious measures need to be taken to use water sparingly.”
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    You mean use commen sense ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWAAS View Post
    You mean use commen sense ?
    You know THAT is so rare it needs to be classed as a superpower
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorkie View Post
    You know THAT is so rare it needs to be classed as a superpower
    On a CV it should fall under SKILLS

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    What about borehole water?
    What happens to the revenue gained from those high tariffs ?

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    *** it. better fill that pool...

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    The City of Cape Town needs to practice what it preaches. Driving back past Century City yesterday in 33 degree weather and the sprinklers were going. Surely reprogramming the timers (I'm guessing the irrigation is on a timer system of sorts) to switch on at night once the temperature has gone down would be a better use of water? And yes, it's probably borehole water they use but that's not an infinite source of water either.

    Another thing that irritates me about the above mentioned irrigation system is seeing the sprinklers going during periods of rain. Surely if it's raining you don't need to be watering? Again I'm assuming it's a timer system and someone didn't have the foresight to switch it off while it was raining.
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    Gonna need a pool cover. But they are bloody expensive.
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    Here is the original article from CoCT: http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/Pages/...trictions.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_Smith View Post
    The City of Cape Town needs to practice what it preaches. Driving back past Century City yesterday in 33 degree weather and the sprinklers were going. Surely reprogramming the timers (I'm guessing the irrigation is on a timer system of sorts) to switch on at night once the temperature has gone down would be a better use of water? And yes, it's probably borehole water they use but that's not an infinite source of water either.

    Another thing that irritates me about the above mentioned irrigation system is seeing the sprinklers going during periods of rain. Surely if it's raining you don't need to be watering? Again I'm assuming it's a timer system and someone didn't have the foresight to switch it off while it was raining.
    This doesn't apply to the city...or to informal settlements. They'll only focus on areas where they can generate revenue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeRpEnT View Post
    Gonna need a pool cover. But they are bloody expensive.
    That they are. I have a plunge pool (about 3m x 3m) and a quote I got was close to R3k Will probably just bite the bullet and do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_Smith View Post
    The City of Cape Town needs to practice what it preaches. Driving back past Century City yesterday in 33 degree weather and the sprinklers were going. Surely reprogramming the timers (I'm guessing the irrigation is on a timer system of sorts) to switch on at night once the temperature has gone down would be a better use of water? And yes, it's probably borehole water they use but that's not an infinite source of water either.

    Another thing that irritates me about the above mentioned irrigation system is seeing the sprinklers going during periods of rain. Surely if it's raining you don't need to be watering? Again I'm assuming it's a timer system and someone didn't have the foresight to switch it off while it was raining.
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    Quote Originally Posted by techead View Post
    stop moaning old man
    Haha, just you wait! Living in a flat for all those years and now you have a pool and garden to deal with! Prepare to feel the pain
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_Smith View Post
    Haha, just you wait! Living in a flat for all those years and now you have a pool and garden to deal with! Prepare to feel the pain
    bastard!!

    Do water restrictions apply to borehole/well-point water as well??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_Smith View Post
    That they are. I have a plunge pool (about 3m x 3m) and a quote I got was close to R3k Will probably just bite the bullet and do it.
    The going price is about R130 psm. But you are going to have to wait in line, everybody is rushing out to get it done. Which means the price is probably going to go up.

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