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Plan in place to deal with future droughts, says City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town's Michael Webster said that the drought was a wake-up call during which many lessons were learnt and a water strategy was developed.

FILE: Cape Town residents collect 25 litres of water at the Newlands springs in Cape Town. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town said that it had a plan in place to mitigate future droughts.

It’s been two years since the Day Zero awareness campaign was announced.

At the time, the Mother City was enduring a water crisis amid its worst drought in recorded history.

The city's Michael Webster said that the drought was a wake-up call during which many lessons were learnt and a water strategy was developed.

He said that based on 2019 rainfall data, Cape Town was still in a drought.

Webster said that dam levels were only adequate because of suppressed demand and water conservation.

The municipality said that water projects would continue.

Two temporary desalination plants were currently in operation, in Strandfontein and Monwabisi, producing 7 megalitres a day.

Webster added that groundwater projects were also underway.

Water restrictions had also changed.

There are now three levels, with Cape Town currently on Level 1.

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