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Western Cape drought crisis deepens

Friday 21 April 2017 08:00

Mlamli Maneli

Dam levels in the Western Cape stand at 22 per cent, with only 12 per cent of usable water left.

Dam levels in the Western Cape stand at 22 per cent, with only 12 per cent of usable water left. (SABC)

Western Cape residents have expressed concerns about the water quality due to dropping dam levels and high temperatures in the province.

Currently, dam levels stand at 22 per cent, with only 12% of usable water left.

A number of regions, including Stillbay in the Hessequa Municipality in the Southern Cape, are already feeling the impact of low rainfall.

Manager of the Sinebhongo Community Food Garden in Langa on the Cape Flats, Sindiswa Lugulwana also says water restrictions mean she can't feed the poor and elderly.

“We normally enter competitions and now they are scarce because of the drought, we did win awards, but now this is not possible because of drought, we are experiencing this is something i don't know what is happening now, as you can feel even the sun now.”

The Western Cape Local Government Department has called on members of the public to find new ways to save water.

A number of regions are already showing huge strain amid concerns about water quality.

“Do you for example need to flush the toilet everytime you go or could you do it perhaps every third flush? You could save between 7 and 10 litres a day by just doing that. We are flushing drinkable water down our toilets and we need to change the way we live especially in times like these.” says Department's spokesperson, James Styan.

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