Ladismith may experience water crisis

Following unusually low rainfall in recent years, the dam is unable to sustain the town.

FILE: Officials say a crack in the dam wall has exacerbated the problem. Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape authorities say they fear Ladismith may experience a drought if its local dam doesn't fill up soon.

Following unusually low rainfall in the area in recent years, the Jan F Le Grange dam is unable to sustain the town.

Officials say a crack in the dam wall has exacerbated the problem, limiting its maximum capacity to 60 percent.

Local Government and Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell says the region is on the brink of a water crisis.

"We've only got water left for one month, it's becoming a crisis. We will set up meetings with the municipality on the provincial disaster management side we will institute water saving measures and request the public work with us on this because we don't know when we will get more rain in that area."