Bid to beat drought
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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