The average water level for dams across the Western Cape has officially dropped to below 40%.
James Styan, spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Affairs says it is not yet time to panic as they are keeping an eye on the situation across the province.
Styan acknowledges that the situation is serious and very worrying but they are doing work behind the scenes to help remedy the situation.
At the disaster management centre we constantly making contingency plans and planning ahead in the event that matters escalate even further.— James Styan, Head of communications at Dept. of Environmental Affairs
Cllr Xanthea Limberg from Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy confirmed that dam levels in the Western Cape are sitting at 40.4%, a reduction of two percent per week.
Last week Capetonians consumed 890 million litres of water, she says. Limberg urged residents to watch their water usage and help keep consumption at 800 million litres a day.
We will be taking level 3B restrictions to council on Thursday for approval. And if they are approved they will come into effect from 1 February.— Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy
Its going to have to require a long term behavioural change around how we consume this resource.— Cllr Xanthea Limberg, Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; Energy
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