Cape Town says it has various plans in place to repair and replace critical water infrastructure that will help retain water.
Authorities are asking for support from people in the Western Cape to save as much water as possible, as the province has seen below-average rainfall so far this year.
The level of collective dams in the province is currently 63.6% full, compared to 76.6% a year ago.
Zahid Badroodien, a member of the mayor’s committee for water and sanitation, says the city has made an effort to repair and replace infrastructure.
“We have been tackling this since we had day zero. Since the drought period, where we undertook major pipe replacement programs, where we have to replace or repair pipes, but also monitor our water meters – to make sure our water meters don’t leak. Also introducing additional areas in our city where we are able to control unexpected leaks, where we can fix those pipe breaks as quickly as possible,” says Badroodien.
Video: Western Cape residents urged to save water [7 August 2022]
The South African Meteorological Service (SAWS) says there is a high chance of below normal rainfall in the Western Cape for the remainder of this year’s rainy season.
Weather forecaster, Samkelisiwe Thwala, said a few strong cold fronts could also make landfall during the season.
“A seasonal forecast was released and forecast by SAWS which indicated below average rainfall for this winter. At this time the seasonal forecast is valid, however, it is also important for us to note that although below average rainfall has been forecast, it is still possible to have a few weather systems that can contribute to the long term average being reached,” says Thwala.
The provincial Department of Local Government says the only strategy available to raise the level of the dams is for residents to use less water and allow rain to fill the dams as much as possible.