Save Water While We Still Have It

The City of Cape Town warns all water users that failure to reduce consumption spells disaster for everyone. Water usage has shot up to 643 million litres per day. This is 143 million litres above our target of 500 million litres of collective water use per day.

The recent rains are not nearly enough to end the drought crisis. We have to change our behaviour drastically to save water while we still have water to be saved. Recent rainfall has made a very small impact on dam levels.

Dam storage levels are currently at 27,4%, with useable water around about 17,4%. This time last year dam storage levels were at 47,6%, with useable water standing at 37,6%.

We are in a dire situation and Level 4b water restrictions require all water users to use less than 87 litres of water per person per day in total. We must save water while we still have it.

Water supplied by the City remains safe to drink and is tested in accordance with the most rigorous safety standards.

For information on how to adhere to the less than 87-litre usage requirement, please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: and utilise the new water calculator: