Revealed: The seven-point wate

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Revealed: The seven-point water protection plan Western Cape Ministers have signed-up for

The region’s political heavyweights are determined to save future generations from a water crisis like this

Revealed: The seven-point wate

please credit Adam Spires

Figures from both Provincial and Municipal leadership gathered in Worcester on Tuesday to commit to a long-term plan that will guarantee improved water storage for the Western Cape.

The declaration was signed by a whole host of politicians, including Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and Premier Helen Zille, who believes this agreement will ‘accelerate sustainable and responsible water use’ in the region.

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The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape Anton Bredel says the declaration subscribes these seven key points:

. Enhancing Water Conservation efforts including adopting Water Sensitive Urban Design planning principles to permanently reduce the per capita demand on our water resources.

. Reducing water leakages

. Recognising the need to manage groundwater wisely

. Diversifying water supply

. Protecting the quality and integrity of water resources

. Legislative overhaul in areas where needed.

. Driving water innovation

This declaration took shape after the WC Water Indaba was held in May to discuss solutions of any kind to tackle the Cape’s worst drought for more than 100 years.

Patricia De Lille had been welcoming ideas from entrepreneurs as to how the future of water conservation must look, and it appears some suggestions have been taken on board in terms of ground water management and increasing water sources.

Anton Bredell believes that an in-depth review of the Sustainable Water Management Plan is having a huge effect on the future of the province, and is having quite a positive impact so far:

“This Plan provides the strategic framework for water management in the Western Cape Province. It will guide and inform us as to the decisions we need to make going forward.”

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The move comes after dams in the Western Cape recorded four successive weeks of increased capacity. Strict water usage limits remain in place, however: Though water storage facilities reached an average of 24% capacity, only 14% of that water is actually useable.