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Bay officially declared drought disaster area

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GELEBA said that dam levels below 16% are regarded as ‘dead storage’, because water cannot be extracted below the intake tower. The water can, however, only be replenished or filled through rain water.

“The dead storage can however be extracted through floating pumps. The department is in the process of procuring the said pumps,” he said.

A total of 13 plumbers have been appointed since August 2016 to repair water leakage.

Asked about the backlog of water leaks in the metro, Geleba said that all leaks will be added to a database as the municipality recently procured a service provider to help deal with leaks.

Geleba added, “The municipality has recapitalised some of its vehicles to help with plumber mobility and will be able to re-prioritise and adjust its budget to implement drought intervention programmes.

“We also encourage consumers to report all leaks to 0800 205 050.”

The current dam levels are at 35.67% of total combined capacity, as of December 2.

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