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Western Cape welcomes much needed rains, but restrictions to remain

Sep 10, 2018
Western Cape welcomes much needed rains, but restrictions to remain

The Department of Water and Sanitation has welcomed the much needed rains which fell in Western Cape catchments over the last week.

“We are even encouraged with the snowfall which has a potential to translate to high run off, thus further recharging the dam levels,” said department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau.

The dam levels assessment report, as at Monday morning suggests that the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS) dam levels have reached 68.90%, a notable increase from last week’s 65.96%.

Water restrictions remain in place

Ratau said that water restrictions imposed by the National Government will remain in place, and only be reviewed once the average Western Cape provincial dam level reaches 85%.

“This is to safeguard the available resource, particularly at this point when the winter rainy season is coming to an end.”

Meanwhile, the department has urged all water users to continue to save water and use the resource sparingly during spring and summer seasons.

“We therefore urge parents in particular to educate the young ones about water conservation, as they are oblivious to the water challenges the province is facing,” Ratau said. – SAnews.gov.za