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Environmental scientist Dr Kevin Winter has welcomed the City of Cape Town's decision to relax water restrictions and associated tariffs from 1 October.

Water restrictions will be lowered from Level 6B to Level 5.

The municipality took the decision without the approval of the national Department of Water and Sanitation.

Read: City of Cape Town relaxes water restrictions to Level 5

Dr Winter says the move will bring some relief to Cape Town's tourism industry and to residents who have been water compliant.

I think the move is a good idea.

Dr Kevin Winter, Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at the UCT Future Water Institute

We've been through a very tight period.

Dr Kevin Winter, Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at the UCT Future Water Institute

It's a very important moment to both ease off some of the tensions of trying to achieve this 50 litres and also for the tourism industry as well.

Dr Kevin Winter, Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at the UCT Future Water Institute

This is the moment when people start to decide to come to Cape Town or not.

Dr Kevin Winter, Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at the UCT Future Water Institute

Let's see what happens when we ease it down to level 5 and what the public response is.

Dr Kevin Winter, Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at the UCT Future Water Institute

He says city officials should continue to use data management to test and keep track of water behaviour in the Cape.

Listen to the discussion on The John Maytham Show:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Plan to ease CT water restrictions sends right tourism message, says scientist

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