DAM LEVELS IN THE WESTERN CAPE DROP EVEN FURTHER

CAPE TOWN- MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell said on Monday that the latest average level for dams in the Western Cape, is at 20.83% – compared to 30.09% for the same time last year.

He said, “At this stage, the water situation in our 30 municipalities is relatively stable, thanks to continued interventions as well as a concerted effort to save water by citizens and business.

“However, the agriculture sector remains a major concern for us in the provincial government. We will continue to step up and provide support to this important sector, which is bearing the brunt of the drought.”

He added the reason for the lower levels was complacency in water saving, and added by lack of rainfall during the last winter season.

“From a disaster management point of view, we are now starting to plan and prepare for next season when we may see similar water constraints, especially if we don’t get the rainfall we need in this coming winter.

“We need to retain as much water in storage as possible as we go into the summer of 2018/19.”

The latest figures are: Theewaterskloof Dam is currently at 10.7% (2017: 26.03%); Voëlvlei Dam a 15.5% (2017: 31.2%), Clanwilliam Dam at 8% (2017: 30%)and Bergrivier at 49.6% (2017: 39.2%).

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