Cape water restrictions lifted
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Cape Town - The Department of Water and Sanitation has announced that the drought in the Ladismith-Calitzdorp district had been ended and restrictions had been lifted in some areas.
Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said: “The winter rainfall arrived late in the Western Cape. The first good rain has increased the major dam levels by an average of 2.5%.”
However, Ratau said there were currently still water restrictions in place in Clanwilliam and Vredendal.
“Although the rainfall has led to a reduction in water demand, the Department of Water and Sanitation, in conjunction with the Municipalities, Water Boards and other role players are imposing maximum water restrictions within the areas affected.”
Some of the dams that were being utilised for water supply and irrigation were, Theewaterskloof, Bergriver, Voëlvlei and Wemmershoek.
Ratau said dams that were only utilised for irrigation were Brandvlei, Leeu-Gamka, Stompdrift as well as Floriskraal dams.
There were currently no other water restrictions in place in the Western Cape, but normal water savings measures were still applicable and encouraged, Ratau added.