Cape Town Residential Water Restrictions Explained

Cape Town is on level 3B water restrictions from 1 February 2017 until further notice. Level 3 tariffs remain applicable for level 3B water restrictions. Level 3B water restrictions explained.


Water-use restrictions and the accompanying higher tariffs are meant to encourage you to be more careful about how you use water. As we are situated in a water-scarce region, the City imposes water restrictions on a permanent basis. The level of water restrictions imposed depends on dam storage levels. Cape Town has three levels of water restrictions:

  • Level 1 (10% water savings): Normally in place
  • Level 2 (20% water savings): Applicable when dam levels are lower than the norm
  • Level 3 (30% water savings): Applicable when dam levels are critically low


Cape Town dam levels

photo credit : eNCA

What happens during water restrictions?

“Normal water restrictions”, as specified in the Water By-law, apply during Level 1 (10% Savings) restrictions.

However, during times of short water supply, we manage water usage more strictly by imposing more severe water restrictions and charging households and businesses more for water usage.


Remember, there is no need to worry if your water is cloudy or slightly discoloured, or tastes different during times of water restrictions. Lower dam levels, hot and windy conditions and changes in the water distribution system can lead to these temporary changes. Cape Town’s water quality is monitored continuously and all water supplied to your tap is safe to drink.


Please see the City’s guidelines for level 3B water restrictions, applicable from 1 February 2017 until further notice.



Source : City of Cape Town

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