How long will Cape Town's water supplies last? It depends on which level of government you ask.
The City of Cape Town says the Berg River Dam will provide enough water until 2020. The national Department of Water and Environment Affairs says the city will run into shortages by 2012.
Clive Justus, mayoral committee member for utility services, took issue with comments published in the Cape Times that the Berg River Dam's supplies would last until 2012, by which time water demand will meet supplies.
Justus says this is not correct. "It should be noted that the recently constructed Berg River Dam will extend the need for implementation of further new water projects to about 2020 and not 2012, as stated in the article," he said.
He adds the caveat that this depended on "demand management controls" and on the public agreeing not to waste water.