Govt approves new restrictions amid limited supply in WC

Western Cape dam levels remain under pressure following lower than normal rainfall since last year.

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

JOHANNESBURG - National government has approved new water restrictions for parts of the Western Cape in a bid to save 20 percent on usage.

The water and sanitation department has made the announcement in Cape Town this afternoon.

Western Cape dam levels remain under pressure following lower than normal rainfall since last year.

The department's Rashid Khan says, "The national government department of water and sanitation has imposed a 20 percent water restriction in the province; applying more in the western part of the Western Cape."

All consumers in the Berg water management area and those in some parts of the Breede water management area must adhere to these restrictions with immediate effect.

Khan says the move aims to secure sustainable water supply in summer.

The national government has also called on Western Cape residents to adhere to the stricter water restrictions to ensure the sustainability of water resources.

The tighter regulations come after dam levels fell to below 30 percent compared to 57 percent the same time last year.

Khan said, "Our dam levels are increasing with the good rains we've had recently, so we expect more and our households must use water very efficiently. They must also make sure they know how much water they are using."