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Cape Town facing summer water restrictions

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Water restrictions may be in the pipeline after the City of Cape Town recorded a lower than average rainfall, the municipality said on Wednesday.

It said the six major dams which supply Cape Town and the surrounding region were at about 74% full.

While this was not “critically low”, it was lower than the average over the last 20 years.

The City said in a statement that it would meet with national government to discuss possible restrictions.

The City, as well as other stakeholders, would meet with the National Department of Water and Sanitation to decide if restrictions would be required during summer.

Restrictions are implemented to conserve water resources during periods of drought in order to ensure ongoing supply to users.

“Because Cape Town is situated in a water-scarce, semi-arid region, it is important that we all do our bit to conserve our most precious resource and avoid unnecessary water restrictions and measures,” said mayoral committee member for utility services Ernest Sonnenberg. News24

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