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WC facing even tighter water restrictions

The province's average dam level is 27.3%, compared to 50% at this time last year.

Shower generic. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape could face more stringent water restrictions after average rainfall in July.

The province's average dam level is 27.3%, compared to 50% at this time last year.

Theewaterskloof Dam is at 21.2%, while Clanwilliam Dam and the Cape Town system dams are at just over 27%.

Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC spokesperson James-Brent Styan says that the drought is still a major concern and a top priority.

Styan says they are continuing to urge residents to use water sparingly.

"The gradual decline in the dam levels has been managed as well as possible to date but now we are saying that we are not getting the rain that we really need and that we were expecting and now we've got to save even more, to make sue we don't run out of water."

The province needed above average rainfall this winter, but with average rainfall in July and only August remaining, this will likely not be the case.