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Is your neighbour guzzling water? Click to find out

16 January 2018 - 10:42 By Bobby Jordan
Brandon Herringer, a City of Cape Town plumber, uses a water point Cape Town residents will use when 'day zero' arrives.
Brandon Herringer, a City of Cape Town plumber, uses a water point Cape Town residents will use when 'day zero' arrives.
Image: Anthony Molyneaux

Big Brother is watching‚ and now you can too‚ thanks to a controversial City of Cape Town online water consumption map.

Water-stressed city residents can use the map to check up on their neighbours’ water habits based on households’ municipal bills.

The website‚ formally launched on Monday‚ has already prompted a wave of social media comment – most of it negative.

However‚ the city council defended the initiative‚ which it claims is aimed at increasing residents’ awareness of water consumption.

“The potential water-saving benefit for all of Cape Town of making water consumption indicators publicly available outweighs any privacy issues at this stage of the crisis‚” said Zara Nicholson‚ spokesman for mayor Patricia de Lille.

“This behaviour-modification tool attempts to acknowledge good savers and encourage those who have yet to join the efforts.”

Try it for yourself. Click here to explore the map.


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