Minister Mokonyane urges South Africans to use water sparingly

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says the current dam levels in the country are concerning, especially in the Western Cape.

FILE: Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has once again urged South Africans to use water sparingly this festive season as the country is still gripped by a drought.

Mokonyane says the current dam levels in the country are concerning, especially in the Western Cape.

She says the levels continue to deteriorate weekly in that province and water restrictions will be increased to level 6 from January.

“The situation is still critical. Serious monitoring of the water use is necessary. We will be increasing our surveillance over the festive season, to ensure compliance of water restrictions.”

CAPE TOWN CONSUMPTION

Cape Town residents are still exceeding the daily water limit.

The city says the water dashboard revealed an alarming high consumption trend despite water saving initiatives.

As of Tuesday, dam levels stood at 34.2% down from 35.2% last week.

According to the latest consumption levels, only 37% of residents are using less than 87 litres per person per day.

This has decreased from 40% of residents last week.

The city’s Xanthea Limberg said: “We were also looking at introducing level 6 water restrictions which will be implemented by 1 January 2018, given that the national Department of Water and Sanitation has imposed further restrictions.”

The city adds these factors have moved day zero forward to 18 May 2018.

Additional reporting by Graig-Lee Smith.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)