“The Western Cape wastes massive amounts of water through leaking pipes and other infrastructure problems. Water might need to be tanked in from neighbouring provinces that have been experiencing less water stress than the Western Cape,” Naidoo said.
“It seems that we are still in denial that climate change impacts predicted by scientists suggest that southern Africa will experience extended droughts in the future. There has also been a lack of political leadership, and this trickles down to the municipal level where we have not maintained or upgraded infrastructure and protected the scare water supply.”
Recent maintenance work had to be done at the Leeu River Diversion Weir, which diverts water to the Voelvlei Dam. This helped to increase the water supply to the dam, which provides water for Cape Town.
The provincial department of tourism, economic development and agriculture said it was estimated that a total of 7.5 million cubic metres of water was lost last year.