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Drought begins to bite

2003-07-17 18:36

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has banned the watering of gardens or lawns between 10:00 and 16:00 as the drought in the Western Cape begins to bite.

The municipality said in a statement on Thursday that as a result of the very low rainfall experienced this winter, the storage dams supplying Cape Town were currently only 53.6% full compared to 86.6% the previous year.

The current levels were the lowest for eight years.

"Should no significant rainfall occur before October this year, the dam levels will not recover sufficiently and more intensive water restrictions may have to be considered as summer approaches," the City said.

A decision on further restrictions would only be taken at a meeting between the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry and all water users in October.

The council member responsible for trading services Saleem Mowzer appealed to people to conserve existing water supplies by managing their water use "wisely and efficiently.

"Should no significant rainfall occur before October 2003, the dam levels will not recover sufficiently and more intensive water restrictions may have to be considered as summer approaches."

This decision will, however, only be taken at a meeting between DWAF and all water users in October 2003, he said.

"Given the current situation, please help the City to conserve our existing water supplies by managing your water use wisely and efficiently. The City appeals to all water users to comply with the existing water restriction."