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City of Cape Town dam level drops to 22%

Over the last week, consumption overshot the target of 600 million litres by 120 million litres.

Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town residents are still using too much water.

The city's average dam level is at 22%, down 0.7% on last week, but consumption has spiked.

Over the last week, consumption overshot the target of 600 million litres by 120 million litres.

Mayoral committee member for utilities Xanthea Limberg says the city has also finalised the list of the top 100 water users for March.

“We must also acknowledge that changing our relationship with water must be a societal shift in attitude and not only during a time of severe drought. But as we go forward into a future with erratic and unpredictable climate conditions we reiterate our demand for households to reduce consumption to less than a 100 litres per person per day.”

Meanwhile, the average dam level for the Western Cape stands at 20%.

Local Government and Environmental Affairs spokesperson James-Brent Styan said: “The latest update with regards to average dam level across the Western Cape is a further indication of a very serious crisis that the province is in.

"The dams are on an average of a fifth full. Last year this time, they were on 31% and last year was a terrible year, so this year is even worse.”

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