Level 5 lim­its a chal­lenge for sec­tional ti­tles

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

EN­FORC­ING the new Level 5 water re­stric­tions im­posed by the City of Cape Town is of “ut­most im­por­tance” for sec­tional ti­tle body cor­po­rates, but is dif­fi­cult to do with­out sub-water or pre­paid water me­ters.

Trus­tees need to es­tab­lish other ways of mon­i­tor­ing res­i­dents’ us­age – or face huge fines if units go over the 20 000 litre monthly house­hold al­lowance, says Michael Bauer, gen­eral man­ager of prop­erty man­age­ment com­pany IHFM.

The city says it will im­pose fines from R5 000 to R10 000 a month if water use ex­ceeds the al­lo­cated amount, and these fines could fi­nan­cially crip­ple body cor­po­rates.

The slid­ing scale on which water is billed should be enough of a de­ter­rent to over-us­age, and unit own­ers or ten­ants are urged to im­ple­ment water sav­ing prac­tices, Bauer says. He of­fers these tips:

Re­pur­pose grey water from show­ers and basins into toi­let cis­terns for flush­ing.

Water plants with water used to cook veg­eta­bles.

Shower for only two to four min­utes.

Only wash clothes when worn more than once.

Bauer says multi-storey build­ings that do not use pumps and over­head tanks – as re­quired by the city’s build­ing reg­u­la­tions – may ex­pe­ri­ence sup­ply prob­lems due to the re­duc­tion in water pres­sure. Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to ap­proach their body cor­po­rates or man­ag­ing agents to en­sure these sys­tems are in place and op­er­a­tional.

Bauer says res­i­dents of mul­tiu­nit build­ings are also ad­vised to al­ways have two to five litres of emer­gency water on hand.

“We all need to pull to­gether to stick to the 87 litre al­lo­ca­tion per per­son per day, or face dire con­se­quences later in the sea­son. A handy cal­cu­la­tor at http://my­capetown­needs.co.za/thinkwa­ter/cal­cu­la­tor.html can be used to help peo­ple cal­cu­late what they are us­ing daily,” Bauer says.

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