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DWS: National dam levels up, but WC levels worrying

The Water and Sanitation Department says that apart from the Western Cape, this winter season has been good for the country's dams.

FILE: The Vaal dam. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - The Water and Sanitation Department says that apart from the Western Cape, this winter season has been good for the country's dams, with national levels more than 10% higher than this time last year.

National dam levels currently stand at 67%.

The department is, however, concerned about the Western Cape where dam levels have dropped by almost 50% in the past year.

Cape Town is now on level 5 water restrictions.

The City of Cape Town says that dam storage levels are currently at 35,1%, with useable water at 25,1%.

Collective consumption is at 604 million litres of water per day. This is 104 million litres above the target of 500 million litres.

While all sectors have shown a decline in water usage over the months, including domestic and industrial usage, the city says that commercial sector needs to do more.

It says that water usage has increased in this sector and emphasised that it needs to decrease its consumption.

Managers of commercial properties must also ensure that their monthly consumption of the municipal supply of water is reduced by 20% compared with a year ago.

At the same time, the city has stressed that its 87 litres per person per day rule does not only apply at home but also in the workplace.

Officials say that many residents have clamped down on their water usage at home, but increased it elsewhere, like flushing toilets or showering at the gym.

The city says it will continue with its programme to restrict the supply of water to domestic properties who have not been able to justify excessive usage.

The city reminds residents to reduce water flow on their property through adjusting their private stopcocks or water control taps.

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