New Cape water restrictions in force as national government steps up

National government has approved new water restrictions for parts of the Western Cape in a bid to save 20 percent on usage.

The water and sanitation department made the announcement in Cape Town this afternoon.

Western Cape dam levels remain under pressure following lower than normal rainfall since last year.

The City of Cape Town introduced Level 2 water restrictions months back, and Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayoral Committee member for Utility Services, says it is unfortunate the national water restrictions did not come sooner.

What's concerning for us is that the national department took a little bit longer to do exactly what we did. Five months later, they have implemented water restrictions.

Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayoral Committee member for Utility Services

He says the water restrictions in the city has proven to be the right move.

In the month of April we realised a 20% saving.

Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayoral Committee member for Utility Services

But we are not yet out of the woods, says Sonnenberg.

The rains are late this year and it is only starting to rain now. It is difficult to predict rains over the next months so we need to encourage water savings.

Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayoral Committee member for Utility Services

He says now that the National Department has come on board it will result in a bigger combined saving.

That should help in stabilising our dam levels and with the rains we are experiencing, we can start to rebuild our dam levels.

Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayoral Committee member for Utility Services

Listen to the entire interview below:

Photograph of a depleted Theewaterskloof Dam courtesy of Eugene Louw

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