WC average dam levels at 32%, alleviation measures continue

The Western Cape local government department says the ongoing drought gripping the province remains a pressing concern.

FILE: A shallow stream of water runs through the Theewaterskloof Dam on 11 December 2017, as the Western Cape is gripped by drought. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The average dam levels that have been recorded for the Western Cape is 32%, 20% less than the previous year.

The Western Cape local government department says the ongoing drought that is gripping the province remains a pressing concern.

Alleviation measures continue across the province.

The department's James Brent-Styan says areas in the province currently most affected by the drought include Beaufort West and Kannaland, the City of Cape Town, Bitou and Knysna as well as the Matzikama region on the West Coast.

“It’s literally all-hands-on-deck and we can only get through this period by taking hands and working together. We, from a provincial side, have reallocated some money, about R95 million, and that will be going towards additional drought relief measures and water augmentation initiatives across the province.”