The City of Cape Town has received a drought relief fund worth R20.8 million to help it fight the effects of the disaster.

The fund will be channelled to the city from the National Disaster Management Centre in the Department of Cooperative Governance.

“We are extremely grateful to the Department for this contribution and thank them for coming on board to assist us with this very important task to supplement our water supplies,” Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said.

The purpose of the funds is solely to provide emergency relief for drilling of boreholes and the installation of pumps and pipelines due to drought conditions.

The city said the money will go a long way towards the implementation of the programmes that are in place as part its Water Resilience Strategy.

“Last week, together with the City’s Chief Resilience Officer, we unveiled the City’s clear plans to augment the system by up to 500 million litres of water a day over the coming months using groundwater extraction, desalination, and water reuse,” de Lille said.

“The projects will cost the City approximately R2 billion in capital funding and R1,3 billion in operating costs. In July, the City has raised R1 billion in our Green Bond and we will also be drawing from this source to fund our water augmentation projects.”

A number of tenders will be advertised in the coming weeks to bring a range schemes online which will ensure water supply and avoid acute water shortages.