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Drought Interventions

Drought Interventions

South Africa is an arid country, and is one of the 30 driest countries in the world.

Coupled with that, the country as a whole has not recovered from the 2014 drought, with the Western Cape Province experiencing the worst drought in 400 years.

In managing the current situation, the Department of Water and Sanitation has started implementing interventions to expand the existing water resources. These short to long term interventions take on a four-pronged approach which includes desalination, groundwater optimisation, water conservation and demand management and re-use optimisation.

In addition, level 6 water restrictions, which have called for a reduction in water consumption, were implemented in January 2018. Due to consumption by residents, who are not currently decreasing their use, the City of Cape Town will intensify its efforts and implement level 6B restrictions from 01 February 2018 until further notice. These restrictions are placed to drop the daily demand to 50l per person per day.

The department continues to encourage all consumers to use water sparingly. Our joint efforts have the potential to yield significant water savings that would go a long way in improving water security in our country. #Savewater

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