Water Wednesday: Here is your weekly water update

The Department of Water and Sanitation has reported that while the water levels in dams are improving, they have still had to impose water restrictions in parts of South Africa including KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and the Western Cape.

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said that their message as the MinMEC is: “To encourage citizens to continue using water sparingly and responsibly.”

In Cape Town, local government MEC Anton Bredell said that the dam levels in Western Cape had fallen to below 40% prompting stricter water restrictions in the province.

Citizens have been urged to reduce consumption as the levels of dams supplying the city continue to drop.

Punitive measures like fines or water restriction devices have been put into place in case people do not comply and cut their water usage by 20%.

Minister  Mokonyane and Cooperative Governance MECs met this week to discuss the water crisis and also announce the host city for the Africa Host Conference.

The MEC also spoke about the water restrictions in KZN and the progress that has been made through implementing measures like static tanks in a lot of areas:

She also spoke about the drainage systems, and other drought interventions around KZN.

The MEC also said that KZN province is looking at desalination plants in some areas.

Here is the dam update as of 24 January 2017:

dam levels

For a more in depth rainfall update, visit WeatherSA or click here. For more information on the water storage levels across the country, visit the DWS site. For a comprehensive drought status report from the Department of Water and Sanitation, click here.

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