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All posts tagged "Cape Town Water Crisis 2017"

  • Graph: Cape Town’s dams are in much better shape than last year

    Cape Town's combined dam level have dropped another 0.7% over the previous week, the latest report from the City revealed. Issued on Monday, the report also suggests that dam levels currently stand at 73.4%, a little over 2% lower than 2018's high water mark. It's a far cry from where we were in November 2017 though, when dams were just 37% full. A year before that they stood at 58%. Cape Town dam levels as of 12 November 2018 So, how are individual dams doing? Theewaterskloof Dam: was 57.1%, down by 0.3%, now 57.1% Voelvlei Dam:was 95.5%, down by 1.6%, now 93.9% Berg...

  • Cape Town’s dams continue drying trend into November

    Cape Town's dam levels dropped 0.6% this past week, according to the latest report by the City. Overall, dam levels remain just below three-quarters full, at 74.1%. The decrease comes despite rainfall in the final week of October. The Wemmershoek Dam, which received around 15mm of rain last week, fell from 92.1% full, to 91.2%. The Theewaterskloof Dam dropped from 58% full, to 57.4%. The Voelvlei Dam fell from 96.2% to 95.5%. The Steenbras Lower Dam dropped from 86.9% full, to 85.1%. Steenbras Lower Dam is now 71.2% full, falling from 73%. The Berg River Dam gained 0.1%, and is now...

  • Cape Town’s dams end October on a negative note

    After a week of extremely hot weather, Cape Town's overall water consumption has spiked to a new high, while its dam levels have dropped. According to the City's Dam Report published on Monday, the city's reserves lost 0.9% of their combined storage. The dams now sit at 74.8% full. The Berg River Dam suffered the least, dropping just 0.1% from 99.3% to 99.2%. Its neighbour, the Wemmershoek Dam, decreased by 0.9%, and now holds 92.1% of its designed storage capacity. The Voëlvlei Dam is 96.2% full, dropping 0.5% over the previous week. And the Steenbras Lower and Upper dams decreased by 0.4% and 8.5%...

  • Cape Town’s dam levels drop as water consumption spikes

    For the first time this side of winter, Cape Town's dam levels have dropped. But it's not yet a cause for concern. Collectively, the City's six largest reservoirs still hold 76% of their total capacity, losing just 0.2% over the high water mark set the previous week. Some dams added to their reserves too, according to the City's latest report. As of Monday afternoon, the Voelvlei Dam was 96.6% full, gaining 0.4% over the previous week. This comes despite no rain recorded over the dam since the month began. The Berg River Dam also gained 0.1%, and is just 0.5% shy of its...

  • Cape Town dam report: wet September brings big improvements

    As the City of Cape Town relaxed water restrictions, and a wetter than normal September draws to an end, the city's dam levels have breached the three-quarter mark for the first time this year. Collectively, Cape Town's dams now hold 75.9% of their total capacity, increasing by 1.9% during the previous week. The Berg River Dam is again over the 100% full mark. The Voëlvlei Dam gained 4.6%, and is now just 5% of its total capacity, while the Wemmershoek too is at 95.8% full. The Steenbras Lower and Upper dams are both above the 91% mark, while the Theewaterskloof Dam gained 2%...

  • Five of Cape Town’s six largest dams are more than 90% full

    According to the City of Cape Town's latest dam report published on Tuesday, the city's supply reservoirs are now a combined 74% full. That's an overall increase of 4% over the previous week. At present, five of the six large dams that supply Cape Town with water are above the 90% full mark. This includes two of the city's three largest dams, the Voëlvlei and Berg River. The latter last week breached the 100% full mark, but its waters have subsided to 99.9% according to this week's report. The Voëlvlei smashed past the 90% barrier this week, gaining 7.7% over the...

  • The Berg River Dam is now more than 100% full

    Cape Town's third largest and youngest dam, the Berg River Dam, is the first of the city's large dams to hit the 100% mark. After a week of cold weather and rain, the dam gained 2.8% putting it over its specified capacity of 130 000 megalitres. It now joins its northerly Western Cape neighbour, the Clanwilliam Dam, in breaching the 100% mark this week. Interestingly, based on percentage of capacity, the Misverstrand Dam is currently the Western Cape's most bountiful dam, holding 113.6% of its designed capacity. It's commonly used for water sport and recreation. View this post on Instagram So awesome to see...

  • The Clanwilliam Dam becomes an unlikely social media star

    The Clanwilliam Dam, north of Cape Town, is an unlikely social media star this week, after the reservoir's sluice gates were opened and dramatic videos were the result. The dam, which holds 121 000 megalitres used for irrigation, was 99.4% full as of 17 September according to the Western Cape Government. However, it's likely that recent rains have pushed the dam's level beyond the 100% mark, because it's now releasing water back into the Olifants River. Videos and pictures on Twitter and Instagram have been posted of the dam's improved state this week. For comparison, it was just 38.4% in September 2017. This video...

  • Cape Town’s dams up to 70% but Theewaterskloof lags behind

    Cape Town's dams are now 70% full, this according to the City's latest dam levels report. That an increase of just 0.9% over the previous week. Still, it's the first time this milestone has been reached in September since 2015. That may seem sufficient, but the largest dam in the system that holds nearly 54% of Cape Town's surface water, the Theewaterskloof Dam, remains just 52.5% full. It did however gain 1.1% over the previous week. Other dams however are all above 80% full. The Berg River Dam is 97.6% full, but fell by 0.8% over the previous week. The Voëlvlei Dam...

  • Cape Town water restrictions to drop to Level 5 in October

    Cape Town residents, who have been forced to use just 50 litres of water per day for much of 2018, can finally enjoy a little more of the wet stuff daily. From 1 October, the City of Cape Town will ease the current Level 6B water restrictions to Level 5, giving residents 20 additional litres of water per day. This comes after dam levels exceeded the two-thirds full mark late in August. Level 6B was first implemented in February 2018, back when the City remarked that #DayZero looked "very likely". "The Western Cape Water Supply System’s dams are now at 68% capacity,...

  • Cape Town’s Theewaterskloof Dam is now 50% full

    Cape Town's largest dam, the Theewaterskloof, is now more than 50% full. That's a big milestone reached by the City of Cape Town's largest supply reservoir, which holds more than 53% of Cape Town's surface water. Read more: Cape Town’s dams begin September nearly two-thirds full Back in April, it was just above 11% full, with the Department of Water and Sanitation forced to build a coffer dam within it to exact the remaining water. This is seemingly no longer needed. As of 6 September 2018, the Theewaterskloof Dam is now 50.1% full, holding 240.5-billion litres. That's more than a third of Cape Town's...

  • City of Cape Town in talks with DWS to relax water restrictions

    After its latest dam report heralded more good news, the City of Cape Town announced that it is in talks with national government to ease water restrictions across the city. "The City of Cape Town is very encouraged to see dam levels rise above 65% after significant late-winter rainfall," it wrote in a release on Monday. "It is hoped that this latest rain could provide sufficient motivation for finally easing the water restrictions." Plans to alleviate the water restrictions are currently being discussed with the Department of Water and Sanitation. However, don't expect to see a heavy axe taken to the...

  • Cape Town’s dams begin September nearly two-thirds full

    After we highlighted the Berg River Dam's slow roll to 100% capacity in last week's report, Cape Town's other supply dams are the star performers this week. In the City of Cape Town's latest dam report published on Monday, dam levels are up by 4% over the previous week. The six of the city's largest puddles are now 65.9% full, holding some 592 000 megalitres of water. The aforementioned Berg River Dam began the week at 96.7% full, up from 93.2% last Monday. It's now just a few drops off its 2014 level of 100.5%. Cape Town's two other huge feeder dams...

  • Nelson Mandela Bay’s dams are just 18% full

    Cape Town may be recovering from the drought that plagued it for all of 2017, but other areas across South Africa haven't been so lucky. Namely, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMB). The area that encompasses Port Elizabeth has been among the worst affected. Its five largest dams currently hold just 17.9% of their total storage. "November 2015 was the last time our dams were filled to 100% capacity," the municipality explains on its dam resource page. While the likes of the Loerie Dam is currently at 86% full, it makes a small dent on the overall landscape. The NMB's largest dam,...

  • Cape Town’s huge Berg River Dam is nearly 100% full

    Drought? What drought, Cape Town? After the latest dam report was issued by the City of Cape Town on Monday, there's nothing but good news for the city's thirsty residents. As of Tuesday 28 August, dam levels are now at a combined total of 63.5%. More impressively, some dams are nearly 100% full. The beautiful Berg River Dam 😍Currently sitting at a whopping 90% capacity 💦 With more rain predicted for this weekend 🌧 One of the many beautiful attractions to be seen in Franschhoek 👀 #franschhoek #openforwinter A post shared by Franschhoek Wine Valley (@franschhoek_sa) on Aug 23, 2018 at 6:35am...