The average level for dams across the Western Cape this week is 35.88%. In the corresponding period last year‚ dam levels were at 62.2%.The minister of Local Government‚ Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape‚ Anton Bredell‚ says the province is likely to enter the summer season with only about 25% useable water in their dams."This drought has been coming a long time. As a province we have been managing it in some localities since 2010. Three years of below-average rainfall have exacerbated the situation and despite proactive measures like the implementation of water restrictions and programmes to clear the Berg River of alien vegetation‚ the reality is we are faced with a dire situation."Bredell says the province is implementing a number of augmentation projects and doing everything in its power and mandate to address the situation."Provincial augmentation measures include drilling of boreholes and refurbishment of existing waste water plants and desalin...

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