WATCH: This is why Cape Town has upped its water restrictions to Level 4b

Cape Town - Rainfall in the Western Cape has been frighteningly scarce, and the few days of scattered showers have made little to no difference to the Cape's dams.

In an attempt to decrease daily collective water usage to 500 million litres, the City of Cape Town has implemented stricter water restrictions from Saturday, July 1.  According to News24's latest report on water restrictions and the alarming decrease of dam levels, users will have to abide by stricter Level 4b water restrictions immediately, and use less than 87 litres of water per person per day.

Water mayoral committee member Xanthea Limberg said on Friday, 30 June that this applies whether at home, work or elsewhere.

ALSO SEE: Cape Town emergency 'Day Zero' drought plans to be announced

Dam storage levels were at 24.5%, but because the last 10% was mostly not usable, it meant levels effectively stood at 14.5%.

Robbie Louw captured and shared footage on YouTube of Theewaterskloof dam after the "big storm" on 21 June.

See what the dam currently looks like here:

Similarly,Adam Spires of the Wannabe Vlogger posted his own Theewaterskloof vlog on 23 June. It's equally scary. "We are not out of the woods yet, please share this video...we need to save water!" says Spires. 


What is the short-term plan?

At the beginning of June Limberg also indicated the City of Cape Town is investigating a range of emergency solutions, including the rental of desalination units, that could altogether yield a supply of up to 500 million litres per day.

SEE - ALERT: Water crisis critical, investigating emergency desalination option - City of Cape Town

Traveller24 previously reported on a company, GrahamTek, a local company that says it has the world’s leading water desalination technology readily available to successfully tackle the city’s current water problems. And not just for the short-term, but also for the long-term.

Limberg says, "We are also undertaking a desalination pilot project with a yield of approximately 2 million litres per day that will pave the way for accelerated full-scale implementation in subsequent years."

SEE: Cape Town Water Crisis: Surrounded by two oceans, is desalination the solution?


What to read next on Traveller24:

Cape Flower show postponed due to drought

Water resilience: City moves on water solutions call as worst drought in 100 years chokes Cape

Before-and-after PICS: Western Cape's Theewaterskloof Dam looks dire

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