City steps up water enforcement

In light of the current drought crisis, the City’s four area-based Mayco members have started delivering warning notices to some of the households, businesses, and government departments with high water consumption across the metro.

On Wednesday February 22, Mayco member for area central, Siyabulela Mamkeli visited properties in Surrey Estate, Manenberg, and Primrose Park and the following day, Athlone and Rylands.

This follows the initiative by Mayor Patricia de Lille to visit the properties of high water users.

The City has also started inserting these notices into the rates bills of some of the high water users, based on their consumption as at January 2017. In addition, the names of those residents or businesses who have paid admission-of-guilt fines or appeared in court will be made public.

Since the implementation of water restrictions, the City has identified 20 000 residences with high water consumption, as well as commercial customers and government departments. Out of the one million customers the City provides with formal metered water connections, these formal households have been identified as using over
50 000 litres a month.

The City will continue to monitor these high consumption properties and, if they fail to reduce consumption voluntarily, the installation of water management devices will be considered.

The City will also step up its enforcement of Level 3B restrictions.

Dam levels are currently at 23.5 percent, amounting to about 121 days of useable water left.

To report contraventions, you can email water.restrictions@ or SMS 31373.