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De Lille reveals plans to preserve Wemmershoek Dam water

Removing alien vegetation at the Wemmershoek Dam will save 1% of the Cape Town's annual water consumption.

FILE: The Wemmershoek Dam in the Western Cape just over 49% full. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Removing alien vegetation at the Wemmershoek Dam will save 1% of the Cape Town's annual water consumption.

Mayor Patricia De Lille has on Wednesday revealed plans to preserve more water at the dam in Paarl.

Contractors have already cut down 50 hectares of alien trees at the Wemmershoek Dam.

City of Cape Town Area Manager Douglas Kiewiet says the current alien vegetation takes up to 1% of the dam’s water consumption.

“There were about 160 hectares of alien pine trees, we’ve so far removed 50 hectares.”

The dam is currently 49.1% full compared to a 100% at this time in 2014.

WATCH: Clearing alien vegetation & saving water at Wemmershoek Dam

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)