Following the failure of the dam levels across the Western Cape to rise to a reasonable extent, the City has called for more judicious water consumption in order to save water.
Level 2 water restrictions were implemented by provincial government at the start of 2016, as latest survey reveals local dam levels are significantly lower than they were the same time last year.
Western Cape’s Farouk Robertson says, “Last Monday, the water levels for the dams was at 30 percent – that is much lower than the levels were this time last year.”
Though the city has experienced some rainfall over the last few weeks, the Western Cape has maintained the status of a water-scarce province as the nation-wide drought drags on.
Robertson urged everyone from households to farms and industries to work together and to venture into collecting rain water.
“Everyone has to work together and try to minimize their water consumption, and that means being very creative about their application of water.”
The South African Weather Service predicts some showers across the province by Wednesday afternoon, which will linger till Thursday morning.
The International Federation of Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) made a pledge of $110 million to a new initiative that aims at helping drought-stricken southern African countries survive.
The poor rains experienced last year led to an El Nino-driven drought that has delayed planting and stunted crops in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
The IFRC made a shocking revelation in a statement that an estimated 31.6 million people across the drought affected areas are struggling to feed themselves, and the figure is expected to increase to more than 49 million by the end of the year.
The major aim of the organisation is to assist a million people over the next five years with emergency food distribution, training in irrigation schemes and new farming practices.
For South Africa to survive, it will have to import about 60% of its needs as its 2015 winter wheat crop had fallen 18%.