Cape Argus. The water crisis in Southern Cape municipalities has reached such crisis proportions that unless “radical steps” are taken, the consequences for the people and economy of the district will be “incalculable”, and could lead to there being “no water” during the first half of next year, says a report.
It was estimated that at least R100 million was needed to respond to the crisis in George, Knysna and Mossel Bay alone.
A report compiled by Local Government MEC Anton Bredell, shows that:
# George this year measured its lowest rainfall in 132 years for the period January to August.
# PetroSA plays a significant role in the water crisis facing Mossel Bay, as it uses 50 percent of the town’s potable water, the report said. The dam level is currently at 40 percent, half of which is allocated to PetroSA for the MossGas refinery.
“While the suggested steps may appear drastic, it is extremely important for municipalities to take radical steps now, rather than be faced with a situation where there is no water during the first half of 2010.
“The consequences for the people and economy of the district (eg for the World Cup next year are incalculable should such a situation occur,” said Bredell.