Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille plans to write to the environmental affairs MEC in order to Cape Town an emergency disaster area.
This is so that the City of Cape Town can get the assistance to manage the water crisis more effectively, reports EWN's Monique Mortlock.
De Lille hopes that national government will provide the City with capital funds in order to implement new water supply schemes.
She wants to declare Cape Town as a disaster (area) in the hopes that the City will get funds from national government to help manage the water demand and implement new supply schemes.— Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter
The average dam levels are currently at 33% and should they drop to between 15%-20%, De Lille says the City will consider water-throttling.
#CTWater De Lille: "if we should get to 15%-20% water storage in dams, we'll increase water restrictions & decrease water pressure." MM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 28, 2017
Water supply schemes include a pilot desalination plant near the Koeberg power station, the Voëlvlei Augmentation Scheme, extraction from Table Mountain Group Aquifer and fast-tracking the water re-use scheme.
De Lille says long-term plans and the implementation of water supply schemes will be in collaboration with the national government.
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : De Lille raises alarm bells over Cape water crisis, proposes new measures