Naming and shaming of water-guzzlers starts on Monday‚ De Lille warns Capetonians

16 February 2017 - 16:12 By Dave Chambers
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille. File photo
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille. File photo
Image: Sunday Times

Residents of Pinelands whose water use is up to eight times higher than average got a knock on the door from an angry neighbour on Thursday.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille‚ who lives in the suburb‚ handed over letters to households which have recently consumed between 55 000 and 159 000 litres a month.

“I warned them to reduce their consumption immediately to around 20 000 litres per month or lower‚” said De Lille‚ who announced a new crackdown on water abusers starting on Monday‚ with city dam levels languishing at 36%.

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“The identities 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 by the City of Cape Town‚” said De Lille.

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

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“Similarly‚ 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.”

 De Lille said her deputy‚ Ian Neilson‚ was dealing with industrial consumers who were using too much water.

- TMG Digital/The Times