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Western Cape dam levels drop - again

Average water levels for Western Cape dams have dropped to 21.1%.

In March, the Western Cape government warned the province could run out of fresh water in dams by 2019 if water resources are not managed properly.

CAPE TOWN - Average water levels for Western Cape dams have dropped to 21.1%.

Provincial leaders have commended water users within the city metro for bringing water usage down to below the 700 million litres per day mark.

Following damage caused by thunderstorms in the Central Karoo recently, officials have urged residents to be careful when winter rains eventually come.

Local government spokesperson James-Brent Styan says: “We are worried, but we maintain that we will hit the winter months with some water left in the dams if everybody keeps on doing their part as they have so wonderfully today.”

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town continues to accelerate its emergency water schemes and carries on with extensive pressure reduction programmes, to reduce the flow of water at a time and water losses through leakage in the pipework of the distribution system.

Cape Town is situated in a water-scarce region and climate change will exacerbate the situation going forward.

In March, the Western Cape government warned the province could run out of fresh water in dams by 2019 if water resources are not managed properly.

Officials have predicted fresh water demand will exceed supply, due to population growth and limited water resources.

At the time, Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell said government would have to look at how it manages water resources in preparation for a population increase in the Western Cape.

"Studies show that we're going to run out of water by 2019. Population growth is obviously one of the things we're going to need to manage."

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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