Stellenbosch Municipality

Adv. Gesie van Deventer
11 September 2018

After careful consideration and following recommendations by Provincial and National Government, I am pleased to announce that water restrictions in our Municipality will be reduced from Level 6B to Level 5 from 1 October 2018.

The recent winter rains have helped our dams to recover and the Western Cape Water Supply System’s dams are now at a 68% capacity.

I would like to give special credit to our residents and businesses for their cooperation over the past few months. Thanks to the immense water saving efforts by our communities, water consumption was kept far below average, allowing our reservoirs to replenish faster and helping us to get through the drought together. I would like to thank each and every person who worked with us by sticking to the 50 litre per day rule. Your efforts have helped our region to cut water consumption so drastically that it is being talked about the world over.

We are however not out of the woods yet and residents must continue to save water. Under Level 5 water restrictions each person is allocated 70 litres per day instead of 50 litres. The use of municipal drinking water for gardens, water fountains, the topping up of swimming pools, hosing down of paved areas and washing of vehicles is still prohibited. For more details on what Level 5 water restrictions entail, please contact our Water Department on 021 808 8215 / 8953 / 8343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is important to note that water tariffs in our Municipality was capped on Level 4 water rates. This was done in order to shield our residents from higher water tariffs that accompany Level 5 and 6 restrictions. As a result, tariffs will remain unchanged until such time that we go below Level 4 restrictions.

We encourage residents to continue to work with us by using water sparingly.