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All posts tagged "Cape Town Water Crisis 2017"

  • Cape Town’s Theewaterskloof Dam breaks the 40% full mark

    After a few weeks of rapid increases, Cape Town's dam levels have seemingly plateaued. This week the City of Cape Town's latest report saw an increase of just 1.8% to the overall storage levels. They now stand at 55.1%. Going dam by dam, most notable is the Theewaterskloof Dam's current level. It's now at 40.7% full, up by 1.7% over the previous week. It's now doubly as full as it was in July 2017, and just 15% off its 2015 levels. Notably, less than three months ago, the Theewaterskloof Dam was just over 10% full. The Voëlvlei Dam is now 54.6% full, jumping...

  • Cape Town dam levels have more than doubled in a year

    If you've turned your head to the sky this past week, you may have noticed something: it hasn't rained. At all. Since 2 July 2018, the city's surrounds haven't seen a drop of the wet stuff, and that's pretty concerning. For one, some of the key catchment areas could miss their long-term rainfall average for July. But, with that said, dam levels have still increased steadily over the previous week. The latest figures by the City of Cape Town shows an increase of 5% since 2 July 2018. The dams are now holding 53.3% of their total storage. We're also just 0.1% shy...

  • Big news: Cape Town’s dam levels smash through the 50% mark

    We've done it, Cape Town. The city's dam storage levels have breached the 50% full mark after the weekend's cold front swept through the region. This comes after Monday's report stated that dams were 48.3% full. The latest numbers reflect the gains made within the last 24 hours, which makes these figures all the more remarkable. As of 3 July 2018, dam levels are officially at 50.3%. Both the Berg River Dam and Wemmershoek Dam are above 80% full, while the Steenbras Upper Dam is at 101.4%. The Voëlvlei Dam gained 2.6% in a single day. The Theewaterskloof (2.1%), and Steenbras Lower (2%)...

  • After the storm, Cape Town’s dam levels are now at 48.3%

    Update: As of 3 July, Cape Town's dam levels are now at 50.3%. Read the full story here. The storm clouds have cleared above Cape Town and the City's latest dam figures are in. As of 2 July 2018, the combined dam levels of the City's six major dams stand at 48.3% full. That's an increase of 5.6% over the previous week, or a physical volume increase of more than 50-billion litres. It's not yet clear if these numbers account for yesterday's and last night's deluge. Nevertheless, they are staggering. The Berg River Dam gained a massive 10.9% over the previous week and...

  • Cape Town sees rain, floods and snow in one crazy weekend of weather

    You asked for rain, Cape Town. And you've finally received it in bucket loads. Just as June drew to a close, a strong cold front pushed its way across the Western Cape bringing with it stormy conditions to much of the province. Cape Town in particular saw torrential rain and flooding early Sunday, and bitterly cold temperatures into Monday morning. THE LATEST: After the storm, Cape Town’s dam levels are now at 48.3% Raining hard in Tamboerskloof Cape Town. Stay in doors because you will have to swim pic.twitter.com/3kPRpHmbyd — Elaine Corbett (@ElaineCorbett7) July 1, 2018 Cape Town now, it is pouring with rain,...

  • Cape Town’s dams are now 42.7% full

    Cape Town's dam storage is up once again, but by a smaller margin. Last week, dam levels stood at 38.1%. This week, the City of Cape Town's measures read 42.7%, an increase of 4.6%. The major gainer this week is the Voëvlei Dam, up 7.3% to 37.6%. It's now less than 2% off its June 2015 levels. Its much larger cousin, the Theewaterskloof Dam, is 30.4% full, a gain of 3.2%. That's pretty notable considering that just 1.2mm of rain fell over the area this week. The Berg River Dam is up by 5.2% this week to 67.8%. It's now fuller than...

  • 40.3%: that’s how full Cape Town’s dams are right now

    Watching Cape Town's dams fill from the water's edge may be as boring as watching paint dry, but to see the numbers slowly increase on a weekly, nay, daily basis, is quite exciting. On Monday, we published a piece detailing the rapid improvement the city's dams have seen over the past two months. Well, as of 20 June, there's more happy news to report. On Wednesday, the City of Cape Town issued a mini-update to dam levels which revised its 18 June totals. The City's six major dams are 40.3% full. That's more than a 2% increase in two days. The Theewaterskloof...

  • In graphs: Cape Town’s dam storage jumps by 28% in just 8 weeks

    At the end of April, the water situation in Cape Town was dire. Dams were nearly empty. In fact, the Department of Water and Sanitation was building a coffer dam -- a smaller dam -- within the Theewaterskloof to extract the last 10% of its water. This week, in the middle of June, the numbers are telling a much different story. Dam levels are now at 38.1%, an increase of more than 27% over its lowest levels recorded on 23 April, and a 6.3% increase over last week. That's an additional 56.5-billion litres of water added to Cape Town's surface...

  • Cape Town’s dams are now healthier than they were in June 2016

    There's some more good news this week for thirsty Cape Town. As of 11 June 2018, the city's total dam storage levels stood at 31.8%, marking an increase of 2% over the previous week. Overall dam levels have seen a 10.9% increase since 7 May. At the same point in 2017, the city had just 20.9% stored within its six largest dams. In 2016, that figure stood at 29.6%. So currently, Cape Town has a larger amount of water stored than it did at the same point in June 2016. Individual dams continue their positive trend, albeit see smaller gains this...

  • Cape Town’s dams slowly fill to 24% after May’s rainfall

    At the end of the fifth month of 2018, Cape Town finally has some positive water-related news. As of 28 May 2018, total dam levels stand at 24% full. That's still low, sure, but its marks an increase of 2.9% over the previous week. In terms of raw volume, that's more than 26 000 megalitres or slightly less than the Steenbras Upper dam's total capacity when full. At the current consumption rate of 505-million litres per day, that's enough water to last the city for more than seven weeks. This week, all six of Cape Town's major dams and all eight of...

  • 211 000 Cape Town households use less than 6000L per month

    Although Cape Town is set to enjoy one of the wettest weeks of the year thus far, the city's still in the middle of a drought. As of 25 May, the City of Cape Town suggests that dam levels remains at 23.1%. Granted, that's a gain of 2.8% over the year's lowest point, but it remains a dire situation. Still, the city's residents are seemingly continuing to reduce their consumption. The City today revealed that 211 000 households in April 2018 used less than 6000 litres per month. "211 000 households are living the #50LitreLife, using less than 6000 litres per month. Thank...

  • Cape Town dam levels drop below 21% for the first time in 2018

    Sure, those Day Zero plans may have been shelved in the "2019's going to totally suck" folder but it doesn't mean Cape Town's completely drought-free just yet. According to the City's latest dam level report, total surface storage has dipped below 21% for the first time this year. Remarkably, this means that the City has used only slightly more than 10% in total between 1 January 2018 and 16 April 2018. Still, at present, both the Theewaterskloof and the Voëlvlei dams remain below 15%. The former is just 0.4% above its 10% threshold, while the Voelvlei meekly stands at 13.9%. The City's four...

  • Cape Town dam report: surface storage dips below 200 000 ML

    Cape Town has just reached another notable #DayZero milestone: total surface storage within its six largest dams has now dipped below the 200 000 ML mark for the first time this year. As of Tuesday 27 March 2018, the combined dam level stood at 22.2%, down by 0.5% the previous week. In raw numbers, the City suggests that just 199 095 ML (or 199-billion litres) remain. Theoretically, Cape Town's six largest dams can store slightly less than 900 000 ML when full. Dams lose storage as March remains dry The Theewaterskloof Dam edges ever close to the 10% mark, and is now just...

  • Cape Town water usage jumps, dam levels drop to 22.7%

    So Cape Town... Do you want the good news or bad news first? It's a Monday, so let's start with the good news. The good news is that dam levels decreased by just 0.3% over the previous week. The bad news is that water consumption has spiked by more than 50-million litres per day compared to last Monday's figure. Last week Friday, deputy mayor Ian Neilson praised the City of Cape Town and its residents for its globally-recognised water saving efforts. "Our commendable water usage is increasingly recognised as a phenomenal achievement across the world. Thanks to this effort our dam levels are...

  • Deputy Mayor Neilson: ‘Team Cape Town’ now among world’s top water saving cities

    From practically flaming residents last year to praising them this: the City of Cape Town has gone through the entire mood spectrum during the water crisis. "The City of Cape Town and its residents have achieved a new water usage milestone," deputy mayor Ian Neilson notes in a release. In addition to praising the City's water conservation efforts, he also mentioned "Team Cape Town's" newfound water conservation fame. "Our commendable water usage is increasingly recognised as a phenomenal achievement across the world. Thanks to this effort our dam levels are declining at a lower weekly rate." "Just months ago we were, at times,...