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Govt explains why it’s not considering dredging of dams to increase storage

The problem is not the storage; it’s that the water falling from the sky is not enough.

Rashid Khan, Department of Water and Sanitation

We have six dams. It’s enough. It’s about how to manage the water in the dams.

Rashid Khan, Department of Water and Sanitation

The storage capacity of a dam decreases over time as sediment accumulates.

Is it viable to dredge the Cape’s dams – while levels are low – to increase their storage capacity?

CapeTalk’s John Maytham interviewed Rashid Khan, Regional Head for the Department of Water and Sanitation.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

We’re not looking at extra storage.

Rashid Khan, Department of Water and Sanitation

We don’t have a very true, Africa-centric lifestyle.

Rashid Khan, Department of Water and Sanitation

It’s not good to use potable water to flush toilets.

Rashid Khan, Department of Water and Sanitation

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