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By Graeme Raubenheimer

The City of Cape Town says its Waterfront desalination plant, which treats seawater, is now up and running.

Deputy Mayor, Ian Neilson says “as part of our drought relief efforts, our programmes for additional water augmentation continue.

For instance, the first water has been delivered at our Waterfront desalination plant which has a capacity for producing two million litres per day. Work also continues at our other desalination plants and on our aquifer programme as we strive to bring additional supply online”.

The metro’s average dam level is currently sitting at 11.5% usable water left.

But for the entire province, the average stands at 17.1%.

The Western Cape’s Environmental Affairs MEC, Anton Bredell says while dams appear to be dropping more slowly, they’re hoping the upcoming Winter rains will offer some relief.

“In the period before the expected rains, I would advise the public to clear out gutters, downpipes and runoff channels around their dwellings to ensure water can run off freely and easily.

These small proactive measures may help protect families from localized flooding. Those with water storage capacity should try to harvest as much rainwater as possible, to relieve pressure on municipal supply.

If you don’t have a system [in] your home, please consider implementing one,” says Bredell.

The City’s Day Zero has been pushed out until next year, even though it’s not clear how much rain we’ll be getting.