On Wednesday the Executive Mayor for the Stellenbosch municipality, Gesie van Deventer, announced that the municipality will lift all water restrictions from 1 November 2020.

This comes following the announcement by the City of Cape Town that water restrictions would be lifted in its metros.

The Stellenbosch Municipality says it is bound by decisions made by the National Department of Water and Sanitation and the City of Cape Town, as the same water resources are used by both municipalities and a third of their water comes from the City.

“From 1 November 2020 Stellenbosch Municipality will therefore move from level 2 water restrictions to no water restrictions, meaning that our normal water tariffs will apply. It will be the first time in 5 years that we are in a position to lift water restrictions, following two years of excellent seasonal winter rains,” van Deventer says.

The Mayor says that the normal water tariff has been approved for the annual budget of the 2020/2021 financial year and hopes that it brings financial relief to residents and businesses.