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Dams drying up quickly

With the dam levels dropping quickly there is the real concern that if there is not an above average rainfall this winter, there will not be water for next summer.

This was the clear message of the Drakenstein Municipality this week as the news broke that there is barely three months supply of useable water left in our dam system.

Currently residents and businesses in the Drakenstein area are using 45,5 million liters of water a day, which drastically needs to be reduced. And if residents do not take the water restrictions seriously, soon the watering of gardens and more will be totally banned. Water will only then be available for human and animal consumption.

“The levels of our dams are significantly lower than last year,” said acting municipal manager Lauren Waring.

“If we do not get good winter rains this year, we will have no water next summer.

“This is the reason why consumers should use water very sparingly with the available water. If not, tougher water restrictions will be implemented.

Currently level 3B restrictions are being implemented meaning, among other things, that gardens can only be watered with a watering can or bucket, only two days a week and for one hour only within certain hours.

The municipality is in the process of determining the largest consumers and are looking at possible fines for those transgressing, as has been done in Cape Town.

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