Several municipal pools have been opened to the public thanks to the use of alternative water sources.With the drought and implemented water restrictions having an impact on the maintenance of several municipal pools across the city, the City of Cape Town has implemented alternative plans to see earmarked pools opened for the festive period, starting on Saturday (1 December).This was publically announced at the recent subcouncil 12 sitting at the Lentegeur chambers.Lifeguards will be on duty from 10:00 to 18:00 every day of the school holidays at beaches including Blue Waters, Camps Bay, Clifton, Danger Beach, Fish Hoek, Hout Bay, Llandudno, Mnandi, Monwabisi, Muizenberg, Silwerstroom, Strandfontein and Sunrise Beach.Despite the drought, the City is planning on opening at least 17 swimming pools throughout the city. “Alternative water sources will be used to ensure that the water levels are kept at an operationally suitable level,” says subcouncil 12 chairperson, Sheval Arendse.Kensington, Khayelitsha, Vulindlela, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Eastridge, Mnandi Resort and Muizenberg pools will be open in addition to Long Street and Retreat indoor pools among others.“It is important to keep the focus on saving water by referring to the dam levels in Cape Town being 72.4%, a decline by 1% over the last week.When comparing our dam levels to last year at the same time, the reading reflected 36.3%. The reality is that Cape Town is a drought-stricken area and all our efforts to value our most important natural resource must never be abated. It is therefore essential that we are constantly made aware of the average water consumption per day and for the last week the reading was at 558 million litres per day,” says Arendse.“While we need drinking water for our daily existence, our hot summer weather encourages all of us to flock to our beaches and resorts. The City’s Summer Season Prevention Strategy for 2018/19 will deploy lifeguards to beaches and swimming pools across the city this upcoming school holiday. In addition to this, the City will also appoint 13 squad leaders who will be responsible for upholding a good quality of service that beach-goers experience. Their job entails supervision and guidance to the lifeguards on duty at each respective beach.”With the increased risk of drowning at beaches and pools, the City has also introduced a water safety programme at schools along the coast, especially along the high-risk False Bay coastline.“[This was done] to increase the awareness around rip currents and swimming only in designated bathing areas and swimming pools. This information is shared with the hope that it may decrease potential risks when swimming. Beach-goers are advised to swim only where there are lifeguards on duty,” says Arendse.