But relaxed in Cape Town

Water restrictions remain in Eastern Cape

The weekend rains in the drought-stricken western part of the Eastern Cape brought relief to Nelson Mandela Bay and Gamtoos Valley. Following constant rains over the weekend, local communities, including farmers in Jeffery’s Bay, Oyster Bay, Kouga, Port Elizabeth, Kouga, Patensie, Hankey and Humansdorp can breathe a deep sigh of relief at the prospect of again having drinking water.

A weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation paints a prosperous picture of the state of water in the western part of the province. As a result of the incessant weekend rains, water levels at Kouga Dam rose from a mere 6.8% two weeks ago to 30.9% this week. The Churchill dam below is above 90%.

“The state of water has generally improved in areas that were hitherto depressed from the acute shortage of water,” the Department said. It has welcomed the rains which has resulted in some dams supplying the metro experiencing significant increases.

However, the Department has maintained that water restrictions will remain in place, and has asked residents to continue to save water. In the Western Cape, dam levels have reached an historic 70%, following persistent rains in the province over the weekend.

Cape Town water restrictions relaxed to Level 5
City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor John Nielsen announced that water restrictions will be relaxed to Level 5 from 1 October 2018, and water tariffs will be reduced between 26.6% and 70% per kilolitre.

Source: rnews.co.za

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