The Western Cape cabinet has approved the allocation of an additional R82.5 million to the provincial Local Government Department for drought augmentation projects.

This brings the total amount allocated for water projects since April last year to R108 million. Ministry spokesperson, James-Brent Styan says the funding will focus on municipalities like Saldanha Bay and Drakenstein.

He says the funds will go to relief measures including new water augmentation and demand management projects to avoid taps running dry.

“These projects are going to be used to alleviate situation in those neighbouring municipalities by for example adding boreholes, expanding our existing infrastructure and waste water treatment for example there’s a multitude of small projects in those municipalities that are going to be up scaled and further augmented,” says Brent Styan.

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