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WC average dam level stands at 33.6%

The water crisis in the province has led to more warnings and Level 5 water restrictions.

FILE: Theewaterskloof Dam. Picture: Johnny Miller/Code for Africa.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape's average dam level stands at 33.6%. At this time last year, the level was at 61%.

The water crisis has led to more warnings and restrictions.

Local government MEC Anton Bredell says dam levels have not been recovering as they should have during winter.

MEC spokesperson James Brent Styan said: “We are very concerned about the current situation, even more so given that we are reaching the end of our regular winter rainfall period.”

On Sunday, the City of Cape Town implemented Level 5 water restrictions with immediate effect.

It also announced a further increase in pressure management as part of efforts to drive down water consumption.

Residents now have to limit their individual domestic property water usage to below 20 kilolitres per month.

Officials say hefty fines will be imposed on transgressors.

LISTEN: Water restrictions: Is Cape Town on the right path?

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