WCape prepares for another dry summer season

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File: The country has been experiencing abnormally hot weather in the past week, with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius in places.

File: The country has been experiencing abnormally hot weather in the past week, with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius in places.

JOHANNESBURG - The Western Cape Government is preparing itself for another dry summer season. 

In it&39;s latest water update, the provincial Department of Local Government, Environmental Affairs,  and Development Planning urges the public to keep preserving water as the province cannot rely on winter rainfall (the Cape is a winter rainfall area). 

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“From a disaster management point of view, we are now starting to plan and prepare for next season when we may see similar water constraints, especially if we don’t get the rainfall we need in this coming winter. We need to retain as much water in storage as possible as we go into the summer of 2018/19," said MEC Anton Bredell. 

Bredell acknowledged the change in leadership at national level.

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“In both the departments we are dealing with – Cogta and the Department of Water and Sanitation – there are now new ministers in charge. I look forward to establishing a sound and productive working relationship with our new colleagues. We are available at their convenience to meet on the drought situation and I look forward to taking hands and tackling this crisis together," said Bredell in the Department&39;s statement.