Western Cape Premier Helen Zille marked the new year with a tweet celebrating the weather: “So wonderful to return to light rain in Cape Town. May rain see out the old year and herald the new. My wish for 2018: a wetter year”.
Residents and visitors to Cape Town also took to social media to comment on the new system.
Many posted links to a recent New York Timesarticle which highlights the suggested possibility that Cape Town might be the first major city in the world to run out of water.
Level 6 water restrictions come into effect in Cape Town from Monday.
It is part of the City of Cape Town’s attempts to avoid a situation in which taps in the Mother City could run dry.
The implementation thereof follows the directive by the national Water and Sanitation Department requiring that users to reduce their water usage by 45% and agricultural users to reduce consumption by 60%.
The Western Cape is currently battling the worst drought in decades.