Beaufort West businesses vow to keep saving water

The Karoo town and surrounding areas are currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent history.

The Gamkapoort Dam in Beaufort West pictured on 13 December 2017. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some Beaufort West businesses have vowed to play their part in saving water.

The Great Karoo town and surrounding areas are currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent history.

The local municipality is relying on underground water sources and a reclamation plant to provide water to the community.

Disaster relief organisation, Gift of the Givers, has donated five boreholes to boost the town’s water supply.

The Beaufort West Municipality now has thirty-five boreholes and a reclamation plant feeding the towns’ water reserves.

A hair salon owner says she’s doing her bit to save water.

"Before, we used to use the shower but we use the bucket now because using the bucket saves you more water. The leftover water we throw in the toilet so that it can go back to the dam."

The municipality is pumping about 500,000 litres of water from each of the five donated boreholes on an alternating basis.

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