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