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De Lille wants CT declared disaster area

With average dam levels at 33% the mayor says she will be writing to the environmental affairs MEC to declare the city a ‘proactive disaster’.

Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille addresses the media at a water briefing in Cape Town. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – Mayor Patricia de Lille will be approaching the Western Cape government to declare Cape Town an emergency disaster area.

De Lille says the city is in a crisis, with the average dam level at 33%.

The final 10% of the water in Cape Town's feeder dams is unusable, which means the city is effectively working with a dam level average of 23%.

The level dropped by 1.5 percentage points in a week.

She is hoping national government will free funds to enable the municipality to implement emergency supply schemes, which include fast-tracking water re-use and pumping water out of the Cape Flats Aquifer.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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