WC dam levels reach 58% while Beaufort West water reserves are running out
CAPE TOWN - As the Western Cape marks the end of the winter season the average dam level in the province has risen to 58%.
At the start of winter, the average dam level was 16%.
Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell has urged residents to continue to use water sparingly as the demand for water is expected to increase ahead of the warmer months.
Bredell's spokesperson James Brent-Styan said: “We are very grateful for the winter rains that we received. This has increased dam levels in the province, which is quite a big improvement. We see the levels for the City of Cape Town on the dams feeding the city even better off at 66%. Last year this time that level was at 35%.”
BEAUFORT WEST DROUGHT
Water reserves in Beaufort West are running out.
Municipal officials say this drought is the worst they've experienced in the Groot Karoo town's history.
The town's main water supply, the Gamka dam, is completely empty, with reservoirs under severe pressure to keep up with the high demand.
Level 5 water restrictions, that include the termination of supply to some areas in the community during the day, might be implemented later this week.
The average dam level in the Western Cape stands at 58%, compared to 34% for the same time last year.
Beaufort West executive Mayor Noel Constable said: “Not all of the community members are realising the fact that we are having a water crisis. We urgently plead to the community to save water and use it sparingly.”
(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)
This article first appeared on EWN : WC dam levels reach 58% while Beaufort West water reserves are running out
If the SANDF deployment is extended on the Cape Flats, it must be done in conjunction with better policing, an analyst explains.Read More
Khayelitsha green entrepreneur Siyabulela Sokomani has brought his 'moving forest' to Sanlam Cape Town Marathon for a good cause.Read More
Minister Patricia de Lille has invited the public to pay their final respects to Williams at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.Read More
Hundreds of women gathered outside the JSE in Sandton as early as 3am this morning to demand support from the private sector.Read More
Old Mutual is not backing down in its fight with fired CEO Peter Moyo. Ray White interviews EWN’s Nthakoana Ngatane.Read More
Olivia Jasriel says they were informed on Thursday that Hewitt will be released n the 23 September 2019.Read More
Businesswoman Khanyi Chaba says she spoke out about the abuse of her late friend Dr Thandi Ndlovu in order to honour her legacy.Read More
Kgabele Memela says because of the initiative he received an internship at Unlockd.Read More
Civic pressure group Stop CoCT says it found discrepancies in the tariff increases implemented by the City.Read More
Centre for Child Law project manager Zita Hansungule says children still have the ability to be rehabilitated and reintegrated.Read More