Avoid Water Penalties Cape Town – Turn Air into Water

Water Penalties for Excessive Users

As Cape Town battles what is being spoken of as “the worst drought in over 100 years,” many citizens are working hard to curb their water usage and avoid water penalties. The goal is to reduce water usage in order to avoid the dreaded Day Zero. In order to achieve this the City of Cape Town has capped water usage at 350 litres per household per day (roughly 10 500 litres per month). However, there are many that are still not heading the call to lower their consumption, with some households exceeding more than 20,000 litres a month.

One household, which was personally visited by the major of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, was using nearly 90,000 litres a month, enough for eight households. In order to deal with excessive water users the city has implemented the following measures:

  • Water management devices (throttling devices)
  • Hefty water fines

Water Management Devices

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Owen Tyeku demonstrates how the devices work | Source: Tanya Petersen (IOL)

In September 2017, the city began installing more than 51,000 water management devices on properties identified as Cape Towns most excessive water users. The City’s counselor of Water, Waste, and Energy, Zanthea Limberg said that, “those excessive users who have been engaged with and who have not reduced their consumption will be subject to installations.” The devices would limit households to 350 litres per day only, would costs roughly R4500, and would be charged to the property owner’s account.

She continued to say that the introduction of these throttling devices “signals the severity of the situation‚” and that pending the introduction of groundwater extraction, desalination plants, and water recycling, “the single most important action that still needs to be prioritised is reducing consumption”.

Patricia de Lille mentioned however there were some of these excessive water users that remained stubborn and even prevented City staff from gaining access to their properties in order to install the meters.

“At times, they have even become aggressive and law enforcement staff had to accompany officials to install the water meters. The City’s teams have visited these properties twice already. This is a waste of City resources and residents have no standing to prevent the City from accessing its infrastructure.” For this reason the major payed a visit to excessive water users as can be seen in this video.

Patricia de Lille visits excessive water users

Source: Bruce Sutherland, IOL News

Hefty Water Fines

In addition to water management devices the City of Cape Town has also instituted water fines for excessive water users choosing to disregard water restrictions. In accordance with Section 35(4) of the City of Cape Town’s Water By-Law, in situations of non-compliance, excessive water users could be subject to an admission of guilt fine, or as mentioned above, the installation of a water management device.

In addition to spot fines of R5000 for water wastage, users could be subject to fines of up to R10,000 for non compliance. The city mentioned that, “most of the fines have been increased from R0 and R2,000 to R1,000 and R3,000 to R5,000 respectively because of the severity of the situation at hand. The City hopes that the Magistrate will determine the fine schedules as suggested.”

By August 2017 the city has already issued 369 fines from R500 to R5000 resulting in anything between R184,000 and R1.8 million in fines. According to Xanthea Limberg, the counselor of utilities, between October 2016 and August 2017 the city’s water inspectorate and other law enforcement agencies has handled more than 33,000 notices, contraventions, enquiries, and revocations of special exemptions. Most of the offences were related to water wastage, like using the city’s potable water to wash down of hard surfaces. See this video for a discussion on the legalities of the water penalties in Cape Town.

Avoid Water Penalties – Turn Air into Water

There are only two ways in which one can avoid the penalties being dished out for excessive water usage, and that is to use less water, or to supplement your water from alternative sources. One way to supplement your drinking water is to turn air into water using an Atmospheric Water Generator.

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These machines extract moisture from the air and turn it into pure potable water by means of a high quality filtration system. Using this technology can help homes produce up to 20, 50, 100, or even 1000 litres of water per day depending on the model. Support our #MakeWaterNow campaign to get your very own Atmospheric Water Generator and avoid water penalties by turning air into water.

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