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Langeberg Municipality has set aside R3 million to establish boreholes in Montagu next month.

The National Disaster Management Centre allocated the R3 million to Langeberg Municipality, to investigate alternative water sources in the region.

Maynard Johnson, Manager: Civil Engineering at Langeberg Municipality, said WEC Consult has been appointed as the professional team to handle the drilling process.


“We will be trying to extract 2ML per day, but will only be certain about the daily amount after the holes have been drilled and tested for yield. The boreholes will be operational on a permanent basis,” said Johnson.

The drilling will start in the Donkerkloof area in Montagu.


Johnson added that this water is intended for Montagu and will be distributed directly into its network for consumption.

Once this water source enters the Montagu network, it may if necessary, be reverse pumped to Ashton and from there be transported to emergency points come day zero.


“The municipality is also in the process of purchasing a truck to cart water to the various towns come day zero,” he said.

In the December 2017 Express, it was reported that the entire Western Cape has been experiencing the worst drought of the century due to the extreme low rainfall. Some local municipalities are under enormous pressure to ensure that residents continue to get water.

Langeberg’s Day Zero was published in the December 2017 Express as being 30 April 2018. However, the date can change based on the amount of water residents save per month.


According to the Department of Water and Sanitation’s official website, Brandvlei Dam’s water level recorded on 8th January 2018 was 23.3%. A week later on 15th January 2018, the level dropped to 21.8%.

This is a clear indication that Day Zero is fast approaching. We urge all residents to continue with their water saving efforts.


The Municipality is planning to get the boreholes in operation before the end of April 2018.