Western Cape municipalities are having to readjust their budgets and purchase generators in order to maintain a constant water supply due to the impact of loadshedding on infrastructure. Theewaterskloof Mayor Kallie Papier reported that the municipality had managed to buy a generator in Johannesburg and that generators had been implemented in Grabouw and Caledon to resolve water supply issues.
The City of Cape Town has also increased their budget to protect their critical infrastructure from the impact of sustained load shedding, and have asked residents to reduce their water demand to assist.
What can you do?
- Reach out to local government officials to discuss the impact of loadshedding on water supply infrastructure and how to mitigate the risks.
- Develop a plan to reduce water demand in order to help protect the water supply infrastructure from the effects of loadshedding.