Dam lev­els are up, but that should not mean back to waste­ful ways

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HOW ARE you re­spond­ing now that our dams are back up over the 60% level? Are you start­ing to cheat, or are you soldier­ing on and still sav­ing as much as you pos­si­bly can? To be hon­est, dur­ing the cold weather I have added a few ex­tra sec­onds in a hot shower, but for the rest I think we are now en­trenched in our new habits and should con­tinue to do so un­til all the promised ad­di­tional sup­ply meth­ods are in place.

I am pre-sup­pos­ing the City of Cape Town and the prov­ince are still driv­ing ahead with bore­holes and de­sali­na­tion projects. It all ap­pears to have gone quiet.

I raise this be­cause I see there is grow­ing sen­ti­ment to have the puni­tive level 6b water re­stric­tion tar­iffs lifted, and do away with the “pipe levy” among other things. This is all well and good if peo­ple keep play­ing the game. I sug­gest we need to be tested – can we keep our daily con­sump­tion down if re­stric­tions are lifted?

From a psy­cho­log­i­cal point of view it would be great to see more green gar­dens and open spa­ces. I am sure with care­ful plan­ning and shar­ing by those of us with well points we can start light­en­ing the mood of the city.

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