According to the city of Cape Town:
The City of Cape Town has implemented Level 6B Water Restrictions, effective from
1 February 2018 until further notice.
RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL CUSTOMERS
No watering/irrigation with municipal drinking water allowed. This includes watering/irrigation
of gardens, vegetables, agricultural crops, sports fields, golf courses, nurseries, parks and
other open spaces. Nurseries and customers involved in agricultural activities or with historical
gardens may apply for exemption. For more information, visit
The use of borehole/wellpoint water for outdoor purposes, including garden use, topping up
of swimming pools and hosing down surfaces, is strongly discouraged in order to prevent the
depletion of aquifers in the current dire drought situation. Borehole/wellpoint water should
rather be used for toilet flushing.
Should borehore/wellpoint water be used for garden irrigation, this must be limited to a
maximum of one hour only on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 or after 18:00.
All City of Cape Town borehole and wellpoint users are expected to comply with all national
Department of Water and Sanitation regulations pertaining to borehole/wellpoint usage,
including the notice in Government Gazette No. 41381 (Vol. 631) of 12 January 2018.
Borehole/wellpoint water use must be metered and all users are required to keep records
and have these available for inspection.
Permission from the national Department of Water and Sanitation is required in order to sell or
buy borehole/wellpoint water.
All boreholes and wellpoints must be registered with the City and must display the official City
of Cape Town signage clearly visible from a public thoroughfare. Visit
www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for how to register.
All properties where alternative, non-drinking water resources are used (including rainwater
harvesting, greywater, treated effluent water and spring water) must display signage to this
effect clearly visible from a public thoroughfare. Visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for
No topping up (manual/automatic) filling or refilling of swimming pools with municipal
drinking water is allowed.
All private swimming pools must be fitted with a cover.
The use of portable or any temporary play pools is prohibited.
No washing of vehicles (including taxis), trailers, caravans and boats with municipal drinking
water allowed. These must be washed with non-drinking water or cleaned with waterless
products or dry steam cleaning processes. This applies to all customers, including formal and
informal car washes.
No washing or hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with municipal drinking water
allowed. Users, such as abattoirs, food processing industries, care facilities, animal shelters
and other industries or facilities with special needs (health/safety related only) must apply for
exemption. For more information, visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater.
The use of municipal drinking water for ornamental water fountains or water features is
Customers are strongly encouraged to install water efficient parts, fittings and technologies to
minimise water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing components.
LEVEL 6B WATER RESTRICTIONS
RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS
All residents are required to use no more than 50 litres of municipal drinking water per person
per day in total irrespective of whether you are at home, work or elsewhere. Therefore, a
residential property with four occupants, for example, is expected to use at most 6 000 litres
Single residential properties consuming more than 10 500 litres of municipal drinking water per
month will be prioritised for enforcement (see note 1). Properties where the number of
occupants necessitates higher consumption are encouraged to apply for an increase in
quota. For more information, visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater.
Cluster developments (flats and housing complexes) consuming more than 10 500 litres of
municipal drinking water per unit per month will be prioritised for enforcement (see note 1).
Cluster developments where the number of occupants necessitates higher consumption are
encouraged to apply for an increase in quota. For more information, visit
You are encouraged to flush toilets (e.g. manually using a bucket) with greywater, rainwater
or other non-drinking water.
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
RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO NON-RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS
All non-residential properties (e.g. commercial and industrial properties, schools, clubs and
institutions) must ensure that their monthly consumption of municipal drinking water is
reduced by 45% compared to the corresponding period in 2015 (pre-drought). (See note 1
All agricultural users must ensure that their monthly consumption of municipal drinking water is
reduced by 60% compared to the corresponding period in 2015 (pre-drought). (See note 1
The operation of spray parks is prohibited.
No new landscaping or sports fields may be established, except if irrigated only with nondrinking
For users supplied with water in terms of special contracts (notarial deeds, water service
intermediaries or water service providers), the contract conditions shall apply.
NOTE 1: Failure to comply will constitute an offence in terms of the City’s Water By-law, 2010 (or
as amended). The accused will be liable to an admission of guilt fine and, in accordance with
section 36(4), an installation of a water management device(s) at premises where the noncompliance
occurs. The cost thereof will be billed to the relevant account holder. Customers
with good reason for higher consumption need to provide the City with motivation to justify their
Other restrictive measures, not detailed above, as stipulated in Schedule 1 of the Water By-law,
2010 (or as amended) still apply. Exemptions issued under Levels 4B, 5 and 6 restrictions still
apply, subject to review with the possibility of being revoked. Water pressure has been reduced
to limit consumption and water leaks, and such may cause intermittent water supply.