ZILLE: WESTERN CAPE WILL NOT RUN OUT OF WATER, PLUS ARMY TO HELP WITH LOOMING DAY ZERO OF DRINKABLE WATER

FILE: Tree stumps and sand lie on what used to be the bottom of the Theewaterskloof Dam. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN


CAPE TOWN – Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says progress is being made in interventions as part of the drought disaster declaration.

It was also announced that the local government was working with medium and high-risk municipalities to drill boreholes, equip pump stations and lay pipelines where required.

According to Eye Witness News, schools and hospitals in priority areas have also been identified for borehole drilling.

The average dam level in Cape Town is at 32.4% this week, compared to over 100% in 2014.

It was also announced that assistance to farmers would reach R68 million by the end of August.

Zille says there is no need to panic as the province will not run out of water.

“Our dams are at the lowest recorded for this time of the year when they’re supposed to be full. That is why we have declared the province a disaster and why we are rolling out our plan and re-prioritising budgets very significantly.”

Meanwhile in another report, the army will be called in to help dispense water and emergency purification services as the province prepares for Day Zero, when it will run out of drinkable water, likely to be in December. According to the Western Cape disaster management, tanker

TOP PHOTO:Tree stumps and sand lie on what used to be the bottom of the Theewaterskloof Dam. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN 

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