More water shortage warnings as dam levels dwindle

The Water and Sanitation Department says despite recent rain in some regions, dam levels continue to dwindle.

The water level of the Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town dropped to around 30 percent in March 2016. It is the largest of five major dams supplying drinking water to the city. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A water management researcher has warned that all South Africans need to make a mental shift with regards to how they use the precious resource.

The Water and Sanitation Department says despite recent rain in some regions, dam levels continue to dwindle.

University of Cape Town academic Kevin Winter says as weather patterns become more unpredictable, the onus is on the public to become more responsible.

"We won't see the regularity of the rainfall and be able to predict that and we have to be much more prepared to adapt our management structures and the way in which we're managing water ultimately at the user end."

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All photos by Aletta Harrison/EWN.