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City of CT could tighten straps on water usage

The city says at current levels, there are just over 100 days of useable water left in its six dams.

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

CAPE TOWN – The City of Cape Town says it's not ruling out even more stringent water restrictions as part of contingency measures to conserve limited resources.

It will be spending more than R210 million in the new financial year to get emergency schemes off the ground, which includes extracting water from the city's aquifers and desalination.

The city says at current levels, there are just over 100 days of usable water left in its six dams.

The city will need around R315 million over the next three years to fund emergency water schemes.

Should the city experience another winter of below-average rainfall, it will need to ramp up water extraction from the Table Mountain aquifer from two to 10 million litres a day, as well as five million litres a day from the Cape Flats aquifer.

A small scale re-use plant for drinking water with a yield of 10 million litres a day is also on the cards.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)