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De Lille raises alarm bells over Cape water crisis, proposes new measures

Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille plans to write to the environmental affairs MEC in order to Cape Town an emergency disaster area.

This is so that the City of Cape Town can get the assistance to manage the water crisis more effectively, reports EWN's Monique Mortlock.

De Lille hopes that national government will provide the City with capital funds in order to implement new water supply schemes.

She wants to declare Cape Town as a disaster (area) in the hopes that the City will get funds from national government to help manage the water demand and implement new supply schemes.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

The average dam levels are currently at 33% and should they drop to between 15%-20%, De Lille says the City will consider water-throttling.

Water supply schemes include a pilot desalination plant near the Koeberg power station, the Voëlvlei Augmentation Scheme, extraction from Table Mountain Group Aquifer and fast-tracking the water re-use scheme.

De Lille says long-term plans and the implementation of water supply schemes will be in collaboration with the national government.

Take a listen to the EWN update:

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