GET READY FOR A DRY WINTER – CITY OF CAPE TOWN OFFICIAL WARNS

Dam levels are critically low and the municipality is to further heighten water restrictions from next month.

FILE: The Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN – A City of Cape Town official has warned that this winter could be as dry as the previous two.

Gisela Kaiser issued the warning this week at the Africa Utility Week Conference in Cape Town.

Dam levels are critically low and the municipality is to further heighten water restrictions from next month.

Meanwhile, the owners of a local laundry chain have expressed concern over the looming tighter restrictions and the worsening crisis.

Dry Cleaning 4U’s owner Andries Venter says they realise the importance of saving water but fear the growth of the business will be impacted if the situation persists.

The business, which employs 30 people, runs outlets in Okovango Crossing, Durbanville and Plattekloof.

Venter says they will have to re-apply for an exemption if Level 4 restrictions are adopted and come into effect next month.

“I’m very concerned… not just for my business but if we have less than 10% of water in the dams, water will start to be muddy, as I understand, and then we’ll grapple with the quality of the water.”

The City of Cape Town says it will arrange specific regulations with businesses to minimise the impact.

-Eye Witness News

PHOTO: The Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town. Picture: EWN.

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