Max shower flow rate 10 l/min, more regulations below…

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The City of Cape Town Council has approved the step up to Level 2 water restrictions in Cape Town, which will be implemented from 1 January 2016.

Furthermore, residents will have to abide by the following, more stringent regulations:

·         No watering (e.g. using buckets) of a garden using potable water between 09:00 and 16:00. Facilities/customers making use of boreholes or other alternative sources are not exempt

·         No watering (e.g. using buckets) will be permitted within 24 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation. Facilities/customers making use of boreholes or other alternative sources are not exempt

·         Irrigation (e.g. hose pipe/sprinklers) is only to take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during approved hours, and for no longer than an hour in total. Facilities/customers making use of boreholes or other alternative sources are not exempt

·         If alternative water sources are utilised, customers should ensure that they display signage to this effect clearly visible from a public thoroughfare

·         Where a hosepipe is used for irrigation, it must have a controlling device attached at the end

·         No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with potable (drinking water from tap) water

·         A hosepipe used for washing vehicles must be fitted with an automatic self-closing device

·         Automatic top-up systems for swimming pools and garden ponds are not allowed. Furthermore, the use of a pool cover is recommended

·         The maximum flow rate from any tap installed at a hand basin may not exceed 6 litres per minute

·         The maximum flow rate of any showerhead may not exceed 10 litres per minute

·         Water closet cisterns may not exceed 9,5 litres in capacity

·         Ornamental water features may only be operated if the water is recycled

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Due to the City’s effective demand strategies, our water supply is more secure than many other metros. However, given that Cape Town is situated in a semi-arid area, it is important that we are not complacent. We call on all residents to familiarise themselves with above list and take an active role in ensuring that the restrictions are obeyed. If we all make the required effort, there will be no risk of the taps running dry anytime soon.

The City thanks residents for their cooperation.

WATER RHAPSODY ATLANTIC