Water & Environment

On the 18th March total Dam levels were 52 % and are STILL DROPPING.  
Please see at the bottom of this page for a PDF with the detailed data on Dam levels from the City.
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Keep on saving under Level 3 Water Restrictions

Dear resident

From this Saturday, 1 December 2018, water restrictions and the associated tariffs will be lowered from Level 5 to Level 3. Residents can expect a considerable reduction in municipal invoices from December 2018.

Cape Town is situated in a water-scarce region and weather patterns and the amount of rainfall we will receive in 2019 remains uncertain. The new lowered restrictions and tariffs will:

  • allow for our dams to recover for the season ahead
  • give some financial relief to residents and business
  • let us use water a little bit more freely according to what works for each household - e.g. a bit more for cooking and cleaning.

Thank you for your water saving efforts to date.

Level 3 restrictions summary:

  • Personal water limit raised to 105 litres per person, up from 70 litres.
  • Overall city water usage target now 650 million litres per day, up from 500 million litres.
  • No percentage reduction restrictions for commercial, industrial and other non-residential water users.
  • Tariffs lowered to Level 3 water and sanitation tariffs.

Under Level 3 water restrictions, you MAY now use municipal drinking water to:

  • top up or fill your swimming pool, only if you have a non-permeable solid pool cover, the recovery of backwash water, and the use of rainwater for pool topping up where possible
  • irrigate gardens with a bucket or watering can before 09:00 or after 18:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, for a maximum of one hour per day, per property
  • wash vehicles, trailers, caravans and boats using a bucket.

All activities with municipal drinking water are part of your personal daily allocation of 105 litres.

Under Level 3 water restrictions, you MAY NOT use municipal water:

  • in hosepipes or any sprinkler systems
  • in water fountains or water features
  • to irrigate gardens within 48 hours of rainfall
  • to wash or hose down any hard surfaces or paved areas

The lowering of tariffs shows that we have successfully emerged from the unprecedented drought, but it does not mean we should start using water irresponsibly; continuing with our water-wise ways is important.

Keep being water-wise under Level 3 restrictions:

  • Take short, stop-start showers
  • Flush toilet with washing water when necessary
  • Find and fix leaks
  • Don’t let taps run too long or at full flow
  • Only wash what’s really necessary
  • Install water-efficient taps, showers and toilets
  • Fit a pool cover to reduce evaporation
  • Harvest and store rainwater from gutters
  • Always Think Water


Report water issues or misuse

You can report, with appropriate proof, anyone who does not adhere to water restrictions, using the following methods:

Save on, Cape Town.


Invasive Alien Vegetation is a serious problem in South Africa, where it usually has a negative impact on our scarce water resources. Click on the images below to see a larger picture to help you identify the Good and the Bad. The trouble is that 'Ugly' is missing because invasive alien plants often look attractive, which is why people plant them!


CIBRA Cape Town,
Mar 21, 2019, 7:04 AM