Cape Town dam levels rise after storm, but nowhere near enough

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Great news, Cape Town. Your major dam levels have finally seen an increase week-over-week, albeit a tiny one.

After Wednesday’s punchy cold front and the weekend’s steady rainfall experienced across the city, water levels in all six major dams have seen a slight buff.

The Theewaterskloof Dam for instance — the city’s biggest reservoir — is now at 15.3% capacity, up from last week’s 13.6%.

The Berg River Dam is up from 30.4% to 32.2%.

Additionally, the Voelvlei Dam’s level showed an increase too, but only by 0.4% to 16.6%.

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Image: City of Cape Town Weekly Water Dashboard report, 12 June 2017

Both Steenbras reservoirs and Wemmershoek Dam — the three smallest major dams — also boasted increased reserves.

Overall, dam levels have breached the combined 20% full mark, up from 19.6% last week to 21.2% this week.

Cape Town’s dams have increased from a combined 19.6% total last week to 21.2% this

While the rise is notable and should be celebrated, the current dam levels still leave the city in a precarious position going into the warmer months.

A drastic reduction in water usage has been noted though.

In the City’s extended report, the city’s combined consumption is now around 615-million litres per day, down from last week. It remains above the City’s 600-million litres per day target though.

The City of Cape Town on Twitter called for residents to continue to conserve water “irrespective of the rain”.

Additionally, it confirmed that all water restrictions remain in place.

Andy Walker, former editor


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