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All posts tagged "Cape Town Water Crisis 2017"

  • 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...

  • Cape Town’s dams hit 60% mark for the first time in 2 years

    Cape Town's dams have reached another critical milestone this week. According to the City of Cape Town's latest dam report issued Monday, the reservoirs across the city held a combined 60.1% of their total. It's the highest mark in August since 2015, when dams were 72.3% full at the same point in the year. As of 21 August, dams stand at 60.3% full, less than 5% short of ascending the City's "danger zone". Additionally, it's also the first time 60% had been reached at any point since 2016. "The City of Cape Town is encouraged by the milestone that has been reached and...

  • Cape Town dam levels now just below 60%

    Recent rains has brought a much needed mid-winter refill to much of Cape Town's outlying dams. According to the City of Cape Town's latest dam report, its reservoirs are now 58.8% full collectively. This is an increase of 1.8% over the previous week, or 16-billion litres. The gains are largely thanks to two days of rainfall during the previous week. Last week, dams saw a collective increase of just 0.2%. The Theewaterskloof Dam's resurgence has slowed though July and into August. It's up by just 0.9%, topping out at 43.5%. It remains 6.3% short of the levels recorded in 2016, and more...

  • Cape Town’s dam storage levels end July at 56.8% full

    July may not have seen as much rain as June, but Cape Town's dam levels finish the month 8.5% higher than last. This comes after gains of just 0.4% were noted by the City of Cape Town in its latest dam levels report. At present, levels of the metropole's six major dams stand at 56.8% -- more than double the levels measured in 2017. Looking at individual dams, some have had a much better week than others. Notably, the Voëlvlei Dam continues to be the City's top performer. It gained 1.5% over the previous week, and is now just below the 60%...

  • Cape Town’s hot, dry July means 6B water restrictions will continue

    Another hot, dry and precipitation-scarce week hasn't had much of an impact on Cape Town's dam levels, this according to the City's latest report. Surprisingly, even though not a drop of rain was recorded at any of the City's monitored stations, dam levels continued to rise. As of 23 July, the city's dam levels stand at 56.4% or 506-billion litres. That's an increase of 1.3% over the previous week, or 12-billion litres. Dam by dam breakdown: Theewaterskloof Dam | +1% to 41.7% Voëlvlei Dam | +2.3% to 56.9% Berg River Dam | +1.2% to 85.9% Wemmershoek Dam | -0.1% to 84.8% Steenbras...

  • 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...