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’.
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.
#CTWater De Lille: "...so that we can get the assistance to help us manage the water crisis more effectively." MM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 28, 2017
(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)