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City update on drought crisis: Local disaster declared

Theewaterskloof Dam near Villiersdorp. Picture: Ayanda Ndaman

Theewaterskloof Dam near Villiersdorp. Picture: Ayanda Ndaman

Published Mar 6, 2017


As of March 6, 2017, dam levels have dropped to 31.5%, which is 1.6% down from a week ago.

With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at approximately 21.5%.

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Consumption has broken through the 800 million litre barrier for the first time to 783 million litres of collective use per day, but we have still not achieved the new collective usage target of 700 million litres per day.

At the current draw-down rate of the dams, we are looking at approximately 113 days of useable water left.

                 Cape Town executive mayor Patricia de Lille

In order to ensure that the City of Cape Town is prepared for all eventualities, a local disaster in terms of Section 55 of the Disaster Management Act has been declared.

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On Friday, March 3, 2017, a local disaster was declared and promulgated in the Provincial Gazette.

This declaration is valid for a period of three months but can be extended on a month-to-month basis by notice in the Gazette. A Council decision is not required.

The City may now invoke emergency procurement procedures if required to expedite the emergency and accelerated water resource schemes.

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"This declaration is not an excuse for our residents not to carry on reducing consumption. There are so many great water ambassadors. Without you, we would have been in more serious trouble.

Mayco member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services Xanthea Limberg

"We thank the many residents and businesses who are working with us to save water.

"The City is continuing its monitoring and engagement with the top 20000 consumers across residential, business, industrial and government properties to ensure that

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they bring their consumption down.

"Those who have not played an active saving role must do so immediately by ensuring that their homes are water-efficient, that they fix their leaks - both above ground and underground – and that they continue to implement no- to low-cost water-saving techniques," said the Mayco member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services Xanthea Limberg.

Residents can contact the City via e-mail to [email protected] for queries or to report contraventions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts) or they can send an SMS to 31373.

For further information, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on

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