Dam levels dropped to almost 28% this week, rendering the region with approximately 103 days of usable water left. This meant Cape Town could run out of water within less than four months.
Mayco committee member for water services Xanthea Limberg said dams were likely to reach extremely low levels by winter and were unlikely to recover satisfactorily with an average to below average rainfall in winter.
The City was going to accelerate its water resource augmentation programme to increase water supplies, Limberg said, adding that Mayor Patricia de Lille had declared a local state of disaster in order to accelerate various small-scale emergency water supply schemes.
Limberg said these would include the drilling of boreholes into the Table Mountain Group Aquifer (TMGA) which could yield two million litres of water a day.