Water & Environment



Public called to comment on draft Water Amendment By-law

The City of Cape Town urges members of the public to comment on the draft Water Amendment By-law which, it is hoped, will further enhance Cape Town’s ability to become a more water-sensitive and resilient city in the future. Read more below:

Thus, key proposals now include:

·         reducing the demand on the municipal water supply by expanding the regulations on alternative water use and efficient plumbing fittings

·         enhancing enforcement measures for plumbers within the metro 

·         strengthening the requirements for sub-metering on properties that have multiple accommodation units

Members of the public may view the proposed by-law at subcouncil offices and at http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Have-your-say/Issues-open-for-public-comment/comment-on-the-proposed-draft-water-amendment-by-law


Comments may be sent to WaterPollution.Control@capetown.gov.za until 8 January 2018.



Read the Word document at the bottom of this page for full details.

(and on the City Council Info page is a PDF explaining the water rationing process

On the 11th December total Dam levels were only 34 % and are EXTREMELY LOW.  
At these levels we may run out of water as the last 10% is unpumpable.


STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE - City commissions project to bring additional drinking water online from springs and Molteno Reservoir

The first water from the Oranjezicht Main Springs Chamber started flowing into the Molteno Reservoir today, 8 November 2017. This is part of the City of Cape Town’s ongoing Water Resilience Programme to increase the supply of drinking water. This project will see an additional two million litres per day of safe, clean drinking water added to the City’s bulk water network.


Three springs feed into the main collection chamber in Oranjezicht, where water is collected before being conveyed via a 525 m long existing pipeline to the reservoir. The water is then chlorinated to bring it in line with the South African National Standard for drinking water (SANS 241).


The project entailed refurbishing for drinking water purposes the existing but disused pipeline, which takes the water from natural springs to the Molteno Reservoir. New chlorination equipment to dose the disinfectant along the pipeline linking it to the reservoir itself has also been installed.


When the City started investigating the possibility of using these springs as additional sources of drinking water in 2014, our Scientific Services Branch found that water from some of the springs was of a very high quality.


Previously, this untreated water from the main springs collection chamber was used for irrigation at the Green Point Urban Park, Cape Town Stadium and Green Point Athletics track.


From the commencement of the City’s investigation to this point of commissioning, the cost of this project amounted to around R4,1 million.


The City is committed to doing everything it can to ensure that Cape Town has sufficient drinking water to see us through the upcoming summer months, and beyond.


Last week I also visited the Atlantis Aquifer where refurbishment work by the City’s Water and Sanitation Management Department has increased yield from this source by an additional five million litres a day.


We will continue working on a range of augmentation plans, fast-tracking processes as much as possible to bring alternative sources of drinking water online, including desalination, ground water extraction, and water reuse as we build a water-resilient Cape Town. Together with the great water-saving efforts of residents, we will make it through this unprecedented drought.

Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town

The PDF document attached at the bottom of this page has the details of the City's Water restrictions which now are Level 5, and households should not be using more than 87 litres per person per day.
Households using more than 20 000 l month will have management control meters fitted to reduce usage.

City of Cape Town7 September 2017

Drought crisis: Level 5 water restrictions

Water consumption continues to be dangerously high in Cape Town and we are currently using 604 million litres per day. We must take a tougher stance on using less water to get us through as much of summer 2018 as possible.

For an in-depth look at Cape Town’s rainfall pattern and severity of the drought crisis, see the recently published study conducted by University of Cape Town’s Climate System Analysis Group.

To help cut water use, we have implemented Level 5 water restrictions, which include additional measures:

  • the commercial sector must reduce water consumption by 20% over the next month or be subject to fines for every month consumption is not reduced
  • residential properties with excessively high water consumption will be automatically fined on usage more than 20 000 litres
  • residential complexes with excessively high water consumption, based on the average for all units, will be fined

The daily consumption limit remains below 87 litre per person, whether at home, work, school or elsewhere. But Level 5 also makes provision for the City to automatically fine residential units constantly using more than 20 000 litres per month. We await feedback from the Chief Magistrate.

See the complete list of Level 5 restrictions as well as an overview.

Saving water is everyone’s responsibility

Make sure you:

Visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for more information.


Commercial property managers must immediately cut your property’s monthly water consumption by 20%. The City will institute automatic admission of guilt fines on commercial properties using excessive amounts of drinking water.

Find out more on commercial water restrictions.


Remember to use less than 87 litres per person per day whether at home, work or elsewhere. The City will institute automatic admission of guilt fines on domestic properties using more than 20 000 litres of water per month. If you have excessively high consumption you will need to provide the City with adequate motivation to justify your higher consumption.

Remember: It is the responsibility of the unit landlord and complex body corporate to ensure water usage is less than 87 litres per person per day.

Pressure reduction and enforcement

We have intensified water pressure reduction and you may experience supply interruptions. In addition, multi-storey buildings that do not use pumps and overhead tanks (required by our building regulations) may experience supply problems. Check with your body corporate or managing agent to find out if your building uses these systems.

We are installing water management devices, at the cost of the property owner, at properties that are still using excessive amounts of water. The costs range between R4 560 and R4 732.

Water resilience plan

Our Water Resilience Task Team has developed a plan to augment the Cape Town’s water system with 500 million litres of drinking water per day. Find out more about the technologies that will be used. Remember, this goes hand-in-hand with reducing consumption to 500 million litres.

Thank you Cape Town!

'Thank you to the many Capetonians who have employed numerous simple and innovative ways to save water. You have helped us to stretch our reserves and continue to make a great impact in terms of the overall water saving efforts. However, I believe we are within a scenario called the new normal – a scenario in which we do not bank on the drought ending but rather actively plan as if it will continue indefinitely. Continued water saving is therefore essential.'

Executive Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille

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!

One of CIBRA's members (Mike Jennings) has written a review of the Alien Vegetation situation which you can read by clicking on the Word document titled 'CIBRA Invasive alien plants in and around Cape Town May 2015' in the list below:
Below is a list of useful documents to view and download, and under that a list of Internet links to more documents and some Websites of interest. NB please also look at our Waste Recycling page as waste disposal is a massive problem.


We regret that the City has altered their website and all the old links to documents no longer work.
The headings below should be entered into the search block on the City website 
which will then show the relevant material for Environment documents, maps and pamphlets:

CCT Nature Reserves booklet:

CCT Nature Reserves Pamphlet:

CCT Nature Reserves Webpage:

 Air Quality booklet:

Company Gardens self guided walk map:

Centre for Environmental Rights website:

Dictionary of Environmental words website page:

Enviroworks Newsletter webpage:

Understanding Baboons leaflet:

Mitigation measures against Shark attacks document:

Shark based Tourism and encounters document:

Tips on Shark Safety document:

White Shark Facts document:

CT unique Biodiversity Vegetation document:

Important Taxa of the vegetation types document:

List of Endemic species document:

List of threatened species document:

Tree management policy document:

Integrated Metropolitan Environmental Policy document:

Cape Town Green Map website:

Parks development Policy document:

Public Parks By-Law document:

CIBRA Cape Town,
Oct 12, 2017, 6:19 AM