Cape Town’s plans
● The letter “Cape Town in hot water’’ (September 11) refers.
The writer takes issue with a suggestion, which is incorrectly credited to the City of
Cape Town, that residents wash their hands only once a day. However, this was never suggested by the City, but was rather included by the writer of an article which appeared in The Times last week (“How you can make every drop count’’) as an example of how residents can make the 87 litres per day work for them. The same applies to the other water uses the writer chose to mention in the article.
Calculating the 87-litre water allowance is entirely up to the individual: each resident is at liberty to decide how to utilise their daily water “budget’’ and which habits to sacrifice in their water-saving efforts. We urge all residents to visit the City’s website and use our water calculator (http://bit.ly/ThinkWaterCalculatorCT) to assist in calculating daily usage. It must be emphasised that while we require residents to strongly restrict their water usage and use water only for essential purposes, essential use includes personal hygiene and it is possible to safely clean one’s body while remaining within the 87-litre limit.
— Councillor Xanthea Limberg, City of Cape Town
Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives in St Peter's Square on Wednesday in Vatican City. The pope suffered a black eye after hitting his head on the Popemobile when his vehicle stopped suddenly during his recent visit to Cartagena, Colombia