Authorities in the Western Cape have urged residents to use water sparingly as the province has so far recorded below-average rainfall.

Dam levels across the province are currently significantly lower compared to the same period last year.

Collective dams in the province are currently 63.6% full, compared to 76.6% a year ago.

The Wemmershoek, Voëlvlei, Steenbras Upper and Lower, Theewaterskloof and Berg River Dams, which supply water to Cape Town, are currently at 75.4%.

This is well below the 97.5% level recorded at the same time last year for these dams.

The province’s Minister of Local Government, Anton Bredell, says the only available strategy to raise dam levels is for residents to use less water and allow rain to fill the dams as much as possible.

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