Bid to beat drought

Cape Times - - OPINION -

THE City of Cape Town’s may­oral com­mit­tee has ap­proved the cre­ation of 43 tem­po­rary and eight per­ma­nent po­si­tions to en­sure a timeous roll­out of the City’s emer­gency wa­ter aug­men­ta­tion projects.

The ap­proval of new po­si­tions aims to ad­dress the staff re­quire­ments for wa­ter re­silience projects such as de­sali­na­tion (marine-, barge- and land­based), wa­ter recla­ma­tion, spring wa­ter and aquifer ex­trac­tion.

In terms of the roll­out, the City’s emer­gency wa­ter aug­men­ta­tion projects, about 20 tenders, will be fi­nalised and is­sued.

“We are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that Cape Town gets through this tough time with th­ese short-term emer­gency sup­ply schemes, as well as get­ting con­sump­tion down to 500 mil­lion litres of wa­ter per day,” said the City’s may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for in­for­mal set­tle­ments, wa­ter and waste ser­vices, and en­ergy, coun­cil­lor Xanthea Lim­berg.

The City ask res­i­dents to re­duce wa­ter flow on their prop­erty through ad­just­ing their pri­vate stop­cocks or wa­ter con­trol taps. How to do it:

Close the stop­cock by turn­ing it in a clock­wise di­rec­tion, and open it again (about a half turn)

Go to the tap fur­thest away from the stop­cock.

Open the cold wa­ter tap and see if there is suf­fi­cient wa­ter flow­ing.

If re­quired, ad­just the stop­cock a half turn at a time un­til a rea­son­able but re­duced flow rate of wa­ter to the fur­thest cold wa­ter tap is achieved.

Res­i­dents can con­tact the City via email at wa­ter@capetown.gov.za for queries about the wa­ter pres­sure re­duc­tion, or to re­port con­tra­ven­tions of the wa­ter re­stric­tions (ev­i­dence should be pro­vided to as­sist the City’s en­force­ment ef­forts), or they can send an SMS to 31373. Res­i­dents can also now re­port wa­ter faults by send­ing a mes­sage via What­sApp to 063 407 3699. Coun­cil­lor Xanthea Lim­berg May­oral Com­mit­tee Mem­ber for In­for­mal Set­tle­ments, Wa­ter and Waste Ser­vices, and En­ergy

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