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Truckloads of water arrive in dry rural Western Cape

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The Drankenstein Municipality‚ however‚ said while it is grateful for the assistance of the Gift of the Givers‚ it was far from reaching Day Zero‚ which is when the water pipes and tap would run dry.

"Should the area run out of existing surface water‚ Drakenstein Municipality will be in a position to immediately switch over to groundwater sources‚" said spokesperson Riana Geldenhuys.

"Should a Day Zero situation materialise in Drakenstein‚ the municipality will‚ 30 days before the actual estimated date‚ alert residents‚ businesses‚ schools‚ hospitals‚ tourism establishments‚ prisons and other institutions. It will also reduce water pressure further and roll out its comprehensive Day Zero plan‚" she added.

Meanwhile‚ Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs minister Zweli Mkhize has declared the drought and water crisis affecting parts of the country as a national state of disaster.

Speaking at a briefing by the interministerial task team on drought and water scarcity on Tuesday‚ Mkhize said South Africa "should continue to save water as water is one of the indispensable commodities”.

Mkhize said that dam levels in the Western Cape were the lowest in the country at 25‚5%.

Gauteng has the highest dam levels at 92‚8%‚ followed by Mpumalanga at 77‚9% and Northern Cape at 67‚9%.

Despite these higher dam levels these provinces‚ he cautioned‚ were not out of the woods in terms of water scarcity.

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