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Thursday 18 January 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School.

[Update: shortly after Mr de Waal released his statement below, the City of Cape Town announced the introduction of Level 6b water restrictions as of 1 February 2018. A report in Times Live today: "Mayor Patricia de Lille said the city council was replacing its unpopular proposed drought levy with higher tariffs and a punitive charge for anyone who uses more than 50 litres of water a day." Further in the article Ms de Lille is quoted saying "Level 6b will also limit irrigation using boreholes and wellpoints."]

Dear Parents and Staff

With the water crisis in Cape Town deepening, Wynberg Boys' High is obliged to take drastic measures to reduce our water consumption.

The school management have decided that the following measures will apply as of Monday 22 January 2018:

1. All taps and showers in the school, changing rooms, gymnasium, and sports pavilions will be closed down.
2. Students and staff will not be permitted to shower at school.
3. All students and staff will be required to bring their own bottled drinking water to school. A limited supply of water may be purchased from the tuckshops, but please do not rely on this source of water to be freely available. Those with afternoon sport commitments are encouraged to plan their water needs accordingly.
4. All toilets will continue to operate. (80% of the urinals at the school are waterless and the remaining units have water management systems in place.)
5. All bathrooms will have hand sanitiser provided.
6. Treated borehole water will continue to be used to maintain the current swimming pool levels.
7. Watering of fields with borehole water will be severely curtailed.
8. Water usage will be monitored daily and the data used to manage future water usage at the school.

Please note the measures regarding showering do not apply to Littlewood House, which has its own water saving measures in place.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Yours sincerely
Jan de Waal, Headmaster, WBHS

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