Cape Town – Further water restrictions for domestic and commercial users have been implemented in Cape Town, Mayor Patricia de Lille announced on Sunday.

“These include the institution of Level 5 restrictions and a further increase in pressure management,” she said.

“There is now a new emphasis on capping excessive water use at the domestic household level and placing additional restrictions on the commercial sector.”

Herewith the rules:


• Single residential properties (domestic full tariff category) consuming more than 20 000 litres per month will be fined. (See note 1 below.)

• Cluster developments (e.g. flats and housing complexes) consuming more than an average of 20 000 litres per residential unit per month will be fined. (See note 1 below.)

• No washing of vehicles, trailers, caravans or boats with municipal drinking water allowed. These must be washed with non-drinking water or cleaned with waterless products or dry steam cleaning processes.

• Customers are strongly encouraged to install water efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components.

• You are encouraged to flush toilets (e.g. manually using a bucket) with greywater, rainwater or other non-drinking water.

• The use of portable or any temporary play pools is prohibited.

• No increase of the indigent water allocation over and above the free 350 litres a day will be granted, unless through prior application and permission for specific events such as burial ceremonies.