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Water allegedly extracted irregularly, illegally from West Coast river systems

Officials believe individuals are attempting to extract water as it heads towards Misverstand.

The National Water and Sanitation Department released water from the Berg River Dam to the Misverstand Dam to alleviate the water crisis along the West Coast. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Environmental Affairs Department says it's concerned following allegations that water is being extracted irregularly from river systems in the West Coast region.

Water is being released from the Berg Rivier Dam to supplement the Misverstand weir, which serves 22 towns in the West Coast district.

Officials believe individuals are attempting to extract water as it heads towards Misverstand.

This includes attempts to channel water from the river to off-stream dams and via other illegal extraction mechanisms.

Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell said: “We are aware of allegations that water is being extracted irregularly from the river system in the West Coast region.

"Our municipalities are already acting on these reports and will not hesitate to act against anyone found to be guilty of any wrongdoing in this regard.”