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Cape Town – Dam levels in the Western Cape have fallen to below 40 percent and water consumption remained too high, the provincial water department warned on Monday.

“It is massively concerning to see dam levels on average at 39.4 percent. We are still some way off from our rainy season and therefore, once more, call on consumers to assist us in using water responsibly," said Anton Bredell, the MEC for local government and environmental affairs.

"We are constantly monitoring the situation and municipalities are implementing additional measures including restrictions and tariff increases where necessary.”

The average dam level for last week was 42 percent and for last year, 50 percent. In the Gouritz River catchment area, water levels have dropped from 52 percent last year to 25 percent at the moment.