‘Con­tinue to re­spect wa­ter re­stric­tions as the sit­u­a­tion still crit­i­cal’

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a 4% in­crease over the past two weeks.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs and De­vel­op­ment MEC An­ton Bre­dell said al­though there had been a slight in­crease in the av­er­age dam lev­els, “there is still a long way off be­fore the drought is bro­ken”.

They hoped lev­els would be around 75% on av­er­age by Oc­to­ber, “with the eye on the com­ing sum­mer pe­riod”.

“We must en­sure dam lev­els re­cover, so that when it starts to rain, con­sumers should not re­vert to wast­ing wa­ter.”

Mean­while, there is still con­cern in the city in terms of how wa­ter is be­ing used. Wa­ter con­sump­tion has shot up to 40 mil­lion litres above the tar­get of 600 mil­lion a day. Level 4 re­stric­tions will re­main in place in­def­i­nitely.

Xanthea Lim­berg, may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for in­for­mal set­tle­ments, wa­ter and waste ser­vices and en­ergy, said: “Apart from safe­guard­ing our cur­rent sus­tain­abil­ity, we must think about build­ing ad­di­tional re­serve ca­pac­ity by con­tin­u­ing with the most hard- hit­ting wa­ter- sav­ing ef­forts we can muster. It may take a few sea­sons of nor­mal rain­fall for the dams to re­cover and we must bear in mind that we are ex­pect­ing an even tougher sum­mer in 2018.

“All con­sumers must con­tinue to use less than 100 litres per person per day in to­tal, whether at work, home, school or else­where.”

The city’s Wa­ter Re­silience Task Team has been set up to boost the city’s re­sponse to drought, to en­sure that acute wa­ter short­ages are avoided.

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