Residents in water-scarce areas need to adjust, says water department

Resident in water-scarce area of the country need to recognise and adjust to the water supply limitations, especially those in drought-stricken areas, the water and sanitation department said on Sunday.
The department was continuing its endeavours to ensure security of the supply of water for the country, and more particularly for the currently drought-stricken Western Cape, spokesman Sputnik Ratau said.
There was also a plan underway to access the 10 percent of water still in the Theewaterskloof Dam to increase capacity in the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS).
The media was recently able to see the drilling as it was happening, “with the hydrologists indicating a form of satisfaction with the artesian flow being reached”, Ratau said.
Drilling started on February 10, with the current drilling having intruded various formations of sandstone and shale-like material after which reaching a hard rock formation at 28 metres.
The depth of water strikes were at 39 metres and 46 metres.
The drilling on February 22 was at a depth of 84 metres.
The department was also working at accessing the 10 percent of water still available in the Theewaterskloof Dam as a further means of augmenting the WCWSS.
The department urged all citizens to practice strict water saving methods and to adhere to the water restrictions imposed in their respective areas, especially the City of Cape Town.
– African News Agency (ANA)

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