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City of CT continues review of special exemptions by businesses

The municipality says it has approved 442 special exemptions for businesses affected by water restrictions.

FILE: The Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town is continuing to review special exemptions requested by businesses affected by water restrictions.

Dam levels in the Western Cape are continuing to drop, with five municipalities having been declared disaster areas.

The City of Cape Town says it has approved 442 special exemptions for businesses, including nurseries, car washes and landscaping establishments.

The municipality is regularly reviewing the exemptions, while monitoring water consumption and dam levels.

The Western Cape government is looking into short and long-term mitigating actions to tackle the water shortage which officials state is not yet at a critical level.

Government has also been looking at solutions to increase the water supply, which includes harvesting water from aquifers and desalination.