While the Western Cape is getting some welcome relief from a drought that has gripped the province for the last few years, City of Cape Town has urged residents to continue using water sparingly.

Rainfall over the area in the last four weeks has pushed the water level of dams in the province back up to amounts seen in winter 2017.

Water levels have risen 6.3 to 38.1 percent in the last week, the biggest increase all year.

“The innovation on water-saving consumption that we’ve seen from residents, businesses and local government has been quite phenomenal. We ask them to keep up with this effort until the dams reach assured levels of supply,” City of Cape Town mayor Ian Neilson said.

The mayor went on to tell residents that it is too soon to know what supply level is needed to insure the city is able to navigate the hotter summer months.

“It is therefore critical that we continue to keep our consumption low. The City of Cape Town urges all of its residents to keep on saving, even if it is raining. National government’s restrictions on abstractions from dams remains in effect,” Neilson said.

The mayor also added that Cape Town is currently saving an average of 70 million litres of water a day.

 

[Source – SA Government News] [Image – CC BY ND 2.0 European Commission DG ECHO]
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