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S.Africa's Cape Town eases water rationing

AFP  |  Cape Town 

South Africa's second city Cape Town, battling its worst in 100 years, announced Monday that it would ease severe rationing after significant rains in the region.

The Western Cape region had gone without substantial rain for more than three years, forcing authorities to slash residential consumption.

"Cape Town's dam levels are nearing 70 per cent of storage capacity due to good rainfall at the beginning of winter and the phenomenal conservation efforts of Capetonians," said

"restrictions and the associated tariffs are thus to be conservatively lowered," starting October 1, he said in a statement.

Residents can now use 70 litres a day, up from 50 litres.

By comparison, a single toilet flush uses nine litres of water and a one-minute-long shower uses 10 litres.

Until June, the city which is the seat of parliament and a major tourist draw, had been projected to run out of water as early as July, forcing the closure of household taps and severe restrictions.

The also affected water intensive companies, such as winemakers who make up 11 percent of the southwestern region's economic output and sustain 300,000 jobs.

According to the (OIV), output from Africa's top is set to slump by over 20 percent this year.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 20:45 IST