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Drought crisis: Local disaster declared <p>​At the current draw-down rate of the dams, we are looking at approximately 113 days of useable water left.</p><p>In order to ensure that the City of Cape Town is prepared for all eventualities, the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, has declared a local disaster in terms of Section 55 of the Disaster Management Act. </p><p>On Friday 3 March 2017, a local disaster was duly declared and promulgated in the Provincial Gazette. </p><p>This declaration is valid for a period of three months but can be extended on a month-to-month basis by notice in the Gazette. A Council decision is not required. </p><p>The City may now invoke emergency procurement procedures if required to expedite the emergency and accelerated water resource schemes. </p><p>‘This declaration is not an excuse for our residents not to carry on reducing consumption. There are so many great water ambassadors. Without you, we would have been in more serious trouble. We thank the many residents and businesses who are working with us to save water. </p><p>‘The City is continuing its monitoring and engagement with the top 20 000 consumers across residential, business, industrial and government properties to ensure that they bring their consumption down. </p><p>‘Those who have not played an active saving role must do so immediately by ensuring that their homes are water-efficient, that they fix their leaks – both above ground and underground – and that they continue to implement no- to low-cost water-saving techniques,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.</p><p>Residents can contact the City via email to <a href="mailto:water.restrictions@capetown.gov.za">water.restrictions@capetown.gov.za</a> for queries or to report contraventions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts) or they can send an SMS to 31373.</p><p>For further information, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: <a href="http://www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater">www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater</a> </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><p> </p>2017-03-05T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#6798ccf6-afaf-4005-a730-4089ea4b74e9;L0|#06798ccf6-afaf-4005-a730-4089ea4b74e9|drought crisis;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#70d07f7a-b0dd-4d12-ae94-dd671ac12732;L0|#070d07f7a-b0dd-4d12-ae94-dd671ac12732|local disaster;GP0|#4aeffa45-6f38-46b7-bd4d-6ecf13ae2543;L0|#04aeffa45-6f38-46b7-bd4d-6ecf13ae2543|dam levels1

 

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