Experts have warned residents of the environmental hazards. South Africa will take two to three years to recover from the worst drought in a century but the Western Cape will feel the effects for longer than that, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said on Friday.

Mokonyane said in her budget vote speech major dams were almost three quarters full, on average, by the beginning of the week but in the southernmost province the situation remained severe.

“As at the 22nd of May 2017, the total capacity of the 215 major dams that are measured on a weekly basis, is at 72.6 percent,” she said.

“We have not fully recovered and it will take a period of not less than 2 to 3 years to fully recover and worst for the Western Cape, with its winter rainfall where even climate scientists remain non-committal on the predictions.”

Western Cape premier Helen Zille declared the province a disaster area on Tuesday, while Cape Town tightened water restrictions further, instructing residents not use more than 100 litres a day.