Cape Town’s plans

The Times (South Africa) - - Opinion&letters -

● 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 (­cu­la­torCT) 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

Pic­ture: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

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

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