The City of Cape Town is looking into small-scale emergency schemes to help support water supply in the short term.
The city says at current levels, there's only around four months of useable water left in its dams.
Cape Town's six dams have less than 20% of usable water left.
The city expects water to be at critically low levels by the start of winter.
It's now looking at drilling boreholes into the Table Mountain Aquifer and a small-scale desalination plant along the North West coast each with a yield of approximately two million litres a day.
“We are left with 103 days of usable water at our current consumption levels. We can't be sitting at consumption of 700 million litres per day,” mayor Patricia de Lille said.
It will cost R350 million over the next three years to implement the new water supply schemes.
A disaster state was announced early in the year by Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille in an attempt to facilitate access to emergency funding.
Although the city’s campaign to curb water consumption has been relentless, water usage has not dropped below necessary standards.
Experts say that the demand for water will inevitably grow with the population of the city and that long-term solutions must also be kept on the table.