22 flushes gets Cape woman evicted

Landlord shows water-wasting tenant the door

- By Petru Saal

Some Capetonian­s are taking water restrictio­ns seriously.

Alex Lepnik‚ 47‚ a landlord from Table View‚ has evicted one of his tenants because she was using too much water.

“I put in my rental agreements that the water allowance is recommende­d from the City of Cape Town. It is written in the contract and also when the tenant moves in‚ I advise them of this‚” said Lepnik.

He said that the tenant refused to take heed as she continued with her water-wasting ways.

“The lady was using excessive amounts of water. She would use up to 400 litres of water a day. I have a meter on the toilet and it showed that she flushed the toilet 22 times in one day.”

He explained that even though he will lose out on an income‚ sometimes saving water trumps monetary gain.

Lepnik’s personal water use is 60 litres of municipal water a day.

“I have installed a big waterharve­sting system. I harvest rain water and I use very little municipal water. You cannot keep on adding people to the same grid‚ knowing that the grid cannot take all that pressure.”

Cape Town residents have been urged to continue using water sparingly as dam levels currently stand at 25.4% despite recent rains.

The last 10% is not safe for consumptio­n.

 ?? /HALDEN KROG ?? Residents gather water from a spring near Muizenberg, Cape Town.
/HALDEN KROG Residents gather water from a spring near Muizenberg, Cape Town.

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