Water shortage fears for CPT

A water conservation company says Cape Town may face a water shortage in coming years.

A water conservation company says Cape Town may face a water shortage in coming years. Picture: Sxc.hu."

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town may face water shortages in the next few years, a water conservation company on Thursday.

Water Rhapsody Conservation Systems said that although the Western Cape has seen higher than average rainfall since 2005, Capetonians may still face a shortage.

Water conservation specialist Jeremy Taylor said while Cape Town's dam levels are looking good for the next year, they are being drawn down faster than they are filling up.

"If we had five years of average rainfall we would find that each year the dam levels fall a little bit more."

He said long-term solutions such as sea-water desalination are easier said than done.

"There is the possibility of implementing demand management to get people to use far less water."

However, Taylor said for now there will be no water restrictions as the supply is plentiful for upcoming summer months.