Water usage drops as Cape Town dam levels keep climbing

City of Cape Town Steenbras Dam November 2016

Unsurprisingly, Cape Town dam levels continued to climb this week. According to the City, dam levels are now at a combined 81.7%, increasing by 1.2% over last week.

It’s one of the smallest increases we’ve seen in the past two weeks, largely due to a much drier week across many of the City’s key dams.

The Theewaterskloof, which increased by 1.8%, received no rainfall within its catchment area. Still, it’s now 72% full.

The Voëlvlei Dam, which increased by 2.2%, receive half a millimetre of rain this week.

The Berg River remains above 100% full, while the Steenbras Lower Dam too crossed the 100% full mark this week. The Steenbras Upper dropped to 99.5% this week.

Perhaps the most impressive info point this week is the stark drop in water consumption.

Cape Town used more than 80-million litres per day less this week than last. Water consumption dropped to its lowest total in more than a year at 503-million litres per day.

Feature image: Steenbras Dam in 2016, by City of Cape Town

Andy Walker, former editor


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