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    Quote Originally Posted by signates View Post
    My water usage going down to zero. January is normally a busy month for me as family tends to visit almost every day over the holidays. I like the new eservices website. It allows you to download the usage in csv format as well.
    I still can't find how to pay my rates online with the new portal... at least I can go back to the old one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2012 View Post
    I still can't find how to pay my rates online with the new portal... at least I can go back to the old one.
    Which new / old portals?

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    CITY OF CAPE TOWN

    13 MARCH 2018

    STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

    World notes Cape Town's efforts to beat the drought

    The City of Cape Town and its residents have achieved a new water usage milestone. As at Monday 12 March 2018, we used 511 million litres as a city, nudging us ever-closer to the target of 450 million litres per day which is required to help stretch our water supplies in the face of unpredictable climatic conditions. Read more below:

    Our commendable water usage is increasingly recognised as a phenomenal achievement across the world. Thanks to this effort our dam levels are declining at a lower weekly rate. This is helping us to preserve our dwindling water resources. Dams supplying the City have declined by 0,6% to 23%. Please see our latest water dashboard (http://coct.co/water-dashboard/).

    Although the potential for Day Zero has been moved to next year, the drought is still very real and the associated threat to water supply remains a reality.

    We therefore welcome today’s decision by the National Government to declare a national state of disaster as a result of the drought.

    As a City we are still required by the National Government to reduce water usage to 450 million litres per day. Judging from the mind-blowing achievements of our water users thus far, I am confident that we can get our water usage down further.

    Just months ago we were, at times, labelled by international media and commentators as one of the first large cities in the world to possibly run out of water. However, this narrative is changing as the world sees what Team Cape Town has achieved thus far.

    Not only have we fought back to avert an unprecedented crisis, we are also setting the benchmarks for water saving across the globe. We have more than halved our water usage in the past two years, and our usage per person is now among the lowest in the world for a metropolitan area.

    We have reached 511 million litres per day through sheer water-saving determination; through initiatives such as advanced pressure management; the installation of almost 37 500 water management devices at the properties of high water users; our unrelenting communication efforts; and proactively implementing advanced water restrictions and associated tariffs to help change behaviour.

    It is important that we keep our focus. Our efforts should not be derailed by groups who try to sway public opinion through misinformation for their own narrow interests.

    Let’s keep saving, Team Cape Town.

    Water myth busting:
    Myth • Busted

    Day Zero/the water crisis is/was a myth
    • The potential for a Day Zero is and never was a myth. We conservatively projected it based on the actual rate of fall in dam levels. As irrigation and urban usage has reduced, so too has the rate of fall reduced and our Day Zero projection moved out. This was communicated transparently and honestly. The data on which these projections were made is independently available from the national Department of Water and Sanitation and is published in local newspapers.
    • The City would never jeopardise this city and its residents, businesses and economy unnecessarily by faking a Day Zero projection just as a scare tactic.
    • The water crisis is real. Just have a look at our dams to get the correct picture.
    • The crisis puts the City’s water income into a deficit. We would not deliberately fail to sell water if we had more to sell, as that would provide more income than increasing tariffs.

    Level 6 restrictions and tariffs are no longer needed because Day Zero has moved out.
    • We have to keep the restrictions in place. It is the low consumption that prevents us reaching Day Zero this year.

    City is acting illegally with the installation of Water Management Devices for high water users
    • The Water By-law and a Council-approved directive empowers the City to install water management devices at the properties of high water users. It is a legal action which has also helped us to avert Day Zero. In terms of metering, these devices are SABS approved. They are installed across the city as every suburb has high users. High users receive a warning and a chance to correct behaviour, or to approach the City if there are many occupants on a property. Any action to prevent the legal installation of water management devices is illegal. The City will not tolerate actions that intimidate our officials, or contractors, or interfere with the execution of their legal duties.

    Please visit www.capetown.gov/thinkwater for all water-related information, including Level 6B restrictions and FAQs about Day Zero as well as tips to lower usage even further.

    Also visit www.capetown.gov.za/watermap to see if your household is painting the city green to avoid Day Zero.


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    Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town

    Media enquiries: Alderman Ian Neilson, Executive Deputy Mayor, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400 1306 or Cell: 083 306 6730, Email: [email protected] (please always cc [email protected]).
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    Quote Originally Posted by biometrics View Post
    CITY OF CAPE TOWN

    13 MARCH 2018

    STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

    City is acting illegally with the installation of Water Management Devices for high water users
    • The Water By-law and a Council-approved directive empowers the City to install water management devices at the properties of high water users. It is a legal action which has also helped us to avert Day Zero. In terms of metering, these devices are SABS approved. They are installed across the city as every suburb has high users. High users receive a warning and a chance to correct behaviour, or to approach the City if there are many occupants on a property. Any action to prevent the legal installation of water management devices is illegal. The City will not tolerate actions that intimidate our officials, or contractors, or interfere with the execution of their legal duties. .
    BS, there have been many cases where no warning was issued nor "opportunity to correct behavior". In fact, there have been forced installations of these WMD's at residences that are well below the minimal usage. Seen this first hand. I've locked all access to my property when not home and if any city officials trespass, without my permission, there will be "trouble".

    What's worse is the extortion going on. In November 2018, I was at the City to resolve a billing issue. I was offered a WMD and told the cost is R2000. How did that go up to R4000 since Jan 2018?

    We're still waiting for the evidence of that SABS approval CoCT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunta View Post
    BS, there have been many cases where no warning was issued nor "opportunity to correct behavior". In fact, there have been forced installations of these WMD's at residences that are well below the minimal usage. Seen this first hand. I've locked all access to my property when not home and if any city officials trespass, without my permission, there will be "trouble".

    What's worse is the extortion going on. In November 2018, I was at the City to resolve a billing issue. I was offered a WMD and told the cost is R2000. How did that go up to R4000 since Jan 2018?

    We're still waiting for the evidence of that SABS approval CoCT?
    The meters are SABS approved as far as I know, BUT the WMD itself is a separate component. The ones I have seen have no SABS mark.

    The real problem is the incredibly bad installations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff.D View Post
    The meters are SABS approved as far as I know, BUT the WMD itself is a separate component. The ones I have seen have no SABS mark.
    Ah I see what they're doing. Thanks for pointing that out.

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff.D View Post
    The real problem is the incredibly bad installations.
    That too yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff.D View Post
    The meters are SABS approved as far as I know, BUT the WMD itself is a separate component. The ones I have seen have no SABS mark.
    I have never seen so many lies in one press release. I know politicians are dodgy, but this one is an idiot!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by biometrics View Post
    CITY OF CAPE TOWN

    13 MARCH 2018

    STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON



    We have reached 511 million litres per day through sheer water-saving determination; through initiatives such as advanced pressure management; the installation of almost 37 500 water management devices at the properties of high water users; our unrelenting communication efforts; and proactively implementing advanced water restrictions and associated tariffs to help change behaviour.
    So, if you go by pure emphases here, the reduction in water usage is due to the efforts of
    CT Citizens for "sheer water-saving determination"
    The (DA) City of Cape Town "advanced pressure management; "
    The (DA) City of Cape Town " installation of almost 37 500 water management devices at the properties of high water users";
    The (DA) City of Cape Town "our unrelenting communication efforts"; and
    The (DA) City of Cape Town "proactively implementing advanced water restrictions and associated tariffs to help change behaviour.

    I think that the city is taking way too much credit here. Also, I think all the rainwater tanks (unsubsidised) and groundwater treatment (unsubsidised and possibly subject to future levies) will have a more sustainable water saving effect than this city is willing to give credit for. It won't save all our problems but the citizens are trying to wean themselves off the city supply which means that we will have done more to sustainably avert the water crisis than the city had.

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    excuse my ignorance here, but are there water tarrifs in place ie an increase? Or was this removed?
    The team were 9th in the Premier League in 2010 when they were sold to Venkys, they are now back in the Championship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icemanbrfc View Post
    excuse my ignorance here, but are there water tarrifs in place ie an increase? Or was this removed?
    You still paying 600% more per kL despite the fake day zero being banished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icemanbrfc View Post
    excuse my ignorance here, but are there water tarrifs in place ie an increase? Or was this removed?
    The tariffs for still in force until at least end of June when they will review it (tariffs are related to the restriction level).
    Eminently posh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akescpt View Post
    You still paying 600% more per kL despite the fake day zero being banished.
    **** it... It went up for me by R22 the bastards, despite saving water
    The team were 9th in the Premier League in 2010 when they were sold to Venkys, they are now back in the Championship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginggs View Post
    Which new / old portals?
    new portal:
    https://eservices.capetown.gov.za/ir...ori#Shell-home

    old portal:
    https://eservices.capetown.gov.za/irj/portal

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    Interesting, thanks. I'd never seen the new one before.
    The both look like they are the same site, except the new has the Tile Catalog View.

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    Quite an insightful overview of the Day Zero media strategy, both positive and negative: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/arti...ero-all-about/

    Now that Day Zero has been pushed back to 2019, it is possible to take a step back, draw breath, and consider Cape Town’s water crisis anew. In particular: what was the Day Zero messaging actually about? What role did Tony Leon’s communications agency play in the end? And what does the City of Cape Town wish it had done differently in trying to get Capetonians to get on board? (Spoiler alert: nothing.)

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