The City of Cape Town is preparing to take its water shedding exercises up to the next level by introducing it during peak hours in the mornings and evenings.

According to the city, water consumption is gradually stabilising, after water shedding was introduced to the heaviest water users in the province. Consumption has hovered around 600 million liters per day over the past few months, but has dropped to 585 million litres of collective usage per day.

However, this doesn’t mean the city will ease its grip on water saving efforts. Dam levels are at 28.5% and due to the critical nature of available water supply, all water users across the metro must expect water rationing which could lead to water supply disruptions, the city said.

This is likely to result in water supply being disrupted during peak water usage times in the mornings (between 05:00 and 09:00) and in the evenings (between 17:00 and 21:00) if usage is above the required levels.

The city has installed 7 000 water shedding devices across the city so far.

“It must be noted that theoretically everyone should have water but that the duration of the outages would depend on the water usage for the area and whether it is within the water restriction levels,” the city said.

Should water be shed in your area, services will be restored as soon as demand decreases to within the limitations of Level 5 water restrictions. If an area is using above the daily water limit, shedding through advance pressure management will continue until the limit is reached.

“Reducing water usage remains the most vital intervention to help see the city through the summer ahead. With the help of almost half of Capetonians, as well as our pressure interventions, leak management programme and the installation of water management devices, we have brought usage down from more than 1. billion litres per day to the current volume – but further critical measures, such as pressure reduction, must be intensified to maintain reduced demand throughout summer,” said the City’s MMC for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.