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The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape, welcomes yesterday’s (31 January 2018) announcement by Premier Helen Zille that water will be provided to schools, in areas which are most affected by the drought.

I am pleased that the Premier has given this assurance, as it will ensure that our centres of learning will continue to operate without any interruptions. Furthermore, the additional facilities to source, store and use augmented water supplies, demonstrates the DA-led government’s commitment to our learners and educators, in the face of the current water crisis.

I would like to urge all schools to continue with their water saving efforts, as every intervention will assist in combatting “Day-Zero.”

Part of the Premier’s plans for schools that do not have access to boreholes, is to utilise sea water- and various recycled water sources. In addition, the WCG is currently engaging with various service providers, who might be capable of transporting 10 000 to 20000 litres of water per day to schools. 

There are now between 10-12 weeks left until Day-Zero is reached. This day will mark the time when Dam-levels reach 13.5%, which is the day that emergency rationing will take place. On this day, the City of Cape Town will switch of water access to all residential areas. 

The DA in the Western Cape remains committed to ensuring that each and every learner in our province has access to the relevant necessities as to ensure that they can make the most of their educational opportunities.

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