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Release: Immediate

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes the release of between 7-10 million cubic metres of water from the Groenland Water Users Association (GWUA) in Grabouw and Elgin.

Due to rain which fell in the area, there was a small surplus of water which a group of deciduous fruit growers belonging to the GWUA graciously released from their private dams into the Palmiet River, which supplies Cape Town’s Steenbras Dam.

The release should begin at 11:00 today. This is indeed an exemplary act in our time of crisis, and one which the DA in the Western Cape deeply appreciates.The Western Cape’s farmers and farm workers bear not only the economic, but personal brunt of our province’s water crisis. As the Western Cape’s foot soldiers at the frontline of our fight to #DefeatDayZero, this act of humanity is proof that our collective and united effort to save water and assist each other will help us make it through the drought.

Despite these small contributions to our water supply, I still call on each and every resident in our province to use no more than 50 litres of water per person per day, so that we do not exceed the target of 450 million litres of water per day. Together, we can #DefeatDayZero

As the DA in the Western Cape, we remain committed to ensuring that our residents make it through the drought crisis.

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