Comment on the City of Cape Town's proposed Draft Water Amendment By-law

16 January 2018

About the proposal

The City of Cape Town intends to further amend their Water By-law (2010). The By-law aims to be a progressive piece of legislation through, among other things, taking into account at the change in demographics, water demand scenarios in the metro and water-wise aspects.

In 2015 the by-law was amended to ensure that the City could efficiently monitor and control water services and oversee the plumbing industry. 

However, due to the worst drought in recorded history, and the City’s emphasis on proactive governance to better address the ‘New Normal’ which recognises our position in a water-scarce region, the 2015 by-law required further refinement.

The key proposals now include:

  • Reducing the demand on municipal water by expanding the regulations on alternative water use and efficient plumbing fittings,
  • enhancing enforcement measure of plumbers within the metro, and
  • strengthening the requirements for sub-metering on properties that have multiple accommodation units.

In terms of section 17 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, the public and interested parties or groups are given the opportunity to submit comments, recommendations or input to the municipality by 31 January 2018. 

Comments, inputs and/or recommendations may be submitted by:

For enquiries on the proposed by-law contact Jayde Koen on 021 444 1097 or

For more information, please visit the City of Cape Town's website