‘Recent rain did very little to ease pressure on WC’s water supply’

Several roads and homes were flooded yesterday following heavy downpours across the province.

FILE: The Western Cape has experienced heavy rainfall, gale force wind and rough seas in the past few days. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs says the recent rain did very little to ease the pressure on the province's water supply.

Several roads and homes were flooded yesterday following heavy downpours across the province.

This, however, doesn't mean water restrictions will be lifted any time soon.

James Styan, spokesperson for environmental affairs MEC Anton Bredell, says although the rain these past few days has been a welcome respite, it's not enough.

"The critical dam levels that we need for water supply to households and businesses remains around 30 percent lower than it was last year."

Styan says it's for this reason that water restrictions across the province will remain in place.

"We, in the Western Cape, like to plan ahead so we're particularly concerned about the next summer."

Yesterday, the Department of Water and Sanitation released a statement saying they're working closely with all provinces to ensure sustainable water security.