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This video shows how the City of Cape Town is drilling test boreholes into the Cape Flats aquifer, one of three being utilised to supplement the city's water with 150 million litres of water per day.

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The projects form part of the City's programme to supply additional water from desalination, water recycling and groundwater abstraction, according to the City. 

The city is also proposing a controversial water levy to pay for these projects.  

It says this is the "fairest way to recover the City’s revenue shortfall of R1,7bn 2017/18 due to reduced consumption".

This vital income is also "needed to undertake the basic operations required to provide water and sanitation services as well as maintenance", says the city. 

Only 464 200 households in the city out of a total of around 707 800 households will be affected by the drought charge - only applying to residential properties with a valuation of R400k and above, and to commercial properties with a valuation of R50k and above

Some 52 510 households will be expected to pay more than R150 per month, while the majority of selected properties will pay less than R73 per month.

Level 6 water restrictions have officially been in place since 1 January 2018 across the Western Cape. Although daily water usage per person remains at 87 litres, it discourages the use of borehole water for gardens.

Currently, Day Zero is set for 22 April 2018, when all the taps will be switched off and residents will have to queue for water.

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