Tue. Jul 23rd, 2019

Cape Town dam levels: Another victory as water levels surge upwards

Cape Town dam levelsThey just keep heading in the right direction. The Cape Town dam levels are recovering nicely, and there may be a much-welcome boost on the horizon.

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It’s been another good week for the Mother City, even if the forecast rain proved to be a little underwhelming recently. The Cape Town dam levels are continuing to improve, with another 0.7% rise recorded in the past seven days. In fact, progress has not been in short supply.

Theewaterskloof, Berg River, Steenbras Upper and Wemmershoek have all enjoyed some marginal gains. Steenbras Lower and Voelvlei only encountered fractional losses. The Cape Town dam levels now stand at 48.7%, drawing ever-closer to the half-full mark. There’s more good news on the horizon, too.

A cold front is making its way to the Cape this Friday. It’s expected to bring some more rain with it, and the possibility of snow in the province’s higher peaks. This is a region where every drop counts and a wet finish to June should help alleviate any further drought fears for the immediate future.

Cape Town dam levels for Tuesday 18 June

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Cape Town dam levels for Tuesday 18 June – Photo: City of Cape Town

Cautious optimism encouraged

Interestingly enough, the gap between those yearly figures seems to be narrowing. During the height of the day zero crisis in 2018, it proceeded to bucket it down during May and June – we haven’t quite seen the same volume of rain this year. Just 12% separates this week’s Cape Town dam levels from the same readings at this point last year.

Anton Bredell is the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape. He acknowledges there have been certain improvements in the past few weeks, but remains concerned that localised farms aren’t getting the relief they need.

“Ongoing exploration work continues to the South-West side of Beaufort-West, to find an additional underground aquifer for the town. This dam has been empty for two years.”

“The dam level looks set to increase given good recent rainfall in the mountain catchment areas. However, there remains great concern about the situation in the agriculture sector in the area. Many individual farms in the area have not received any rain yet.”

Anton Bredell

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