Great news for those in the south-west once again this week, as the Cape Town dam levels showed a slight improvement over the past seven days, rising by 0.08% – a small victory is still a victory in the Mother City, and those fine margins were also favourable to the Western Cape.
On a provincial scale, the facilities serving outside of the Cape Town Municipality also enjoyed a squeeze in the right direction, increasing by 0.05% since last Monday. Things are going to get even better for the region, too: More rain is set to splash down on Tuesday and Wednesday!
In terms of individual performances, Theewaterskloof has had a strong week, increasing its volume of water by 0.8%. The upcoming downpours are set to hit the Steenbras dams harder than anywhere else, making it likely that there will be a fourth successive rise in the Cape Town dam levels next week.
Latest Cape Town dam levels for Monday 4 June
- Voëlvlei dam – 54.6% (2018: 22% full in June 2018)
- Bergriver Dam – 70% (50% full in June 2018)
- Theewaterskloof dam – 36.3% (19% full in June 2018)
- Clanwilliam Dam – 10.2% (14.2% full in June 2018)
Picture in the Western Cape
Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape. He’s now openly optimistic that the wet weather will be a mainstay in the region throughout winter. However, he also reminded locals about their responsibilities regarding water consumption:
“This seems to be on the cards again and we may be in for a wet few months ahead. The South African Weather Service has just today issued an alert for tomorrow (Tuesday) stating that heavy rain can be expected over large parts of the province.”
“I also want to keep reminding people to continue using water responsibly. We need to carry on saving water to ensure our system, including our dams, recover during the wetter months; and after the prolonged drought that is still affecting some areas of the province.”