Western Cape dams now only 25% full - MEC

2017-03-31 18:05
FILE: Theewaterskloof dam is shown in January. It is one of the mayor dams supplying water to Cape Town. (Supplied)

FILE: Theewaterskloof dam is shown in January. It is one of the mayor dams supplying water to Cape Town. (Supplied)

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Cape Town – Dam levels across the Western Cape have fallen to an average of 25%, Local Government MEC Anton Bredell said on Friday.

Dam levels stood at 31% on February 27.

He said persistent drought conditions across the province could see a further seven municipalities being declared disaster areas.

To date, the declaration applied to five municipalities and the City of Cape Town.

Bredell said there was a chance that the whole province may have to be declared a disaster area.

During his budget vote delivery in the legislature on Friday, he mentioned interventions to improve water security in risk areas.

New boreholes and connections to the reservoir and pipe network had been completed at a cost of R500 000 in Laingsburg.

In Algeria, in the Cedarberg, a borehole had been drilled and equipped at a cost of R1.8m.

Tulbagh has been provided with two new boreholes at a cost of R2m.

"We have also allocated R2m to awareness programmes to drive water savings messages across the province."

Read more on:    anton bredell  |  cape town  |  drought  |  water crisis  |  water
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