Water Wednesday: Long term solutions for the drought as Western Cape declared a disaster

Water and Sanitation minister Nomvula Mokonyane met with minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell in an attempt to find short, medium and long-term solutions to the current drought.

Water challenges facing the Western Cape and the City of Cape Town in particular were also discussed during the meeting. They agreed there was an immediate need to establish a Restrictions Management Committee.

They also agreed that all three spheres of government must immediately create a centre of coordination on all restrictions and drought related matters.

Technical teams from three spheres of government will meet over the next seven days to consider options for the approval on augmentations projects around the drought.

In the Western Cape, the dam levels have dropped to 21.5%. The government has predicted that the province could run out of water by 2019 if the water resources aren’t managed efficiently.

The area has been officially declared a water disaster due to the shortage. At the current draw-down rate of the dams, the government said that they were looking at approximately 113 days of usable water left. The statement read:

March also marks #WaterMonth with the official National Water Week between 20 and 26 March. The theme for this year is “Water and Sanitation is a Human Right”.

Here is your weekly dam update:

The Vaal dam is at 104.01% this week and here are the dam levels throughout the country:


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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