The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has asked all citizens to start using water sparingly…
This perhaps won’t make much sense when you consider that the national dam supply is only 1/6th empty – but a dry winter has left some officials fearing that another ‘day zero’ scenario could arise soon. The arrival of summer rains is likely to ease these anxieties, but until they arrive, the DWS is encouraging ‘water cautious behaviour’ from the public.
“The DWS has urged the public to be careful in the manner they consume water to ensure the country has enough water stored until the summer rains soak the country. The call follows the department’s weekly report on the state of the reservoir, which showed a rapid decline in most dams across the country due to the dry winter season.”
“The amount of water stored in our reservoirs across the country has taken a knock this week With the exception of the Western Cape, most parts of the country experience satisfactory rains in summer, however South Africa remains a dry country when compared to the rest of the world.” | Statement from the SA government
The issue we’ve got is that some places are much worse off than others. Water supply is starting to dip in both the Eastern and Western Capes, and a majority of provinces have LOST significant amounts of drinkable water this year. Nelson Mandela Bay, meanwhile, is running on proverbial steam. The breakdown of the provincial situation is as follows: