Names and streets of Cape Town’s biggest water wasters to be made public

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The City of Cape Town is continuing its crackdown on water wasters.

Today it announced that the names of all customers who pay admission-of-guilt fines or who appear in court regarding contravention of Level 3B water restrictions will be made public.

Additionally, the city will also publish the lists of fines issued in various areas where contraventions take place, including street names but without street numbers.

The street names of the top 100 highest consumers for each category of domestic, commercial, and government user who are under investigation for contravening the water restrictions will be published, along with the water meter reading.

Each of these consumers will receive a letter from the city demanding that they provide the City with an explanation for their relatively high water use.

Last week, the city began issuing notices to the top 20 000 water wasters and Mayor Patricia de Lille began personally calling some of them to make them aware of their high usage and warn them to reduce it.

Now, de Lille has stepped up her interventions and has been seen personally going to the properties of those who still haven’t reduced their usage to deliver notices to them. Cape Town MMCs will also be doing the same.

“Since the implementation of water restrictions, the city’s Water and Sanitation Management Department has identified 20 000 residential consumers with high water consumption as well as commercial customers and government departments,” de Lille said in a statement.

“Out of the one million customers we provide with formal metered water connections, these formal households have been identified as having excessive use of over 50 000 litres per month. This is unacceptable and I am making it my mission to engage with these customers so that they adhere to Level 3B restrictions as their abuse of water means that we all will suffer.”

de Lille added that the city will continue monitoring these high consumption properties and, if they fail to reduce consumption voluntarily, the installation of water management devices will be considered.

This will assist households, businesses and other users with more efficiently managing their water consumption and also result in financial savings.