Seven months since the numbers started dropping off, the Cape Town dam levels have finally managed to turn the tide: It may be small, but it’s one hell of a step in the right direction. The combined water levels rose by 0.15% this week – and that’s before Sunday’s rainfall was counted.
When the revised figures come out later this week, it’s likely those water levels will get another significant boost. The reserves are currently 45.44% full in the municipality, and the news is also positive across the rest of the province.
The facilities serving the Western Cape are still dropping (by a meagre 0.3%, it has to be said) but there are some individual successes to speak of: The Berg River catchment area is now 0.4% more full, and there’s been a superb turnaround in the Gamka dam serving Beaufort West: This month, it’s gone from being bone dry to 43% full.
Cape Town dam levels latest news for Monday 20 May
- Voëlvlei dam – 54.8% full (14.2% full in May 2018).
- Bergriver Dam 68.3% full (37.6% full in May 2018).
- Theewaterskloof dam – 35.3% full (11.8% full in May 2018).
- Clanwilliam Dam – 9.4% full (5% full in May 2018).
Western Cape dams updates
Anton Bredell is the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape. He was keeping his feet firmly on the ground, urging Capetonians to keep saving water as much as they can – it’s truly making a difference in the province:
“We are a winter rainfall zone and we are not yet in the winter. Dam levels are still dropping slightly but that is not unusual. We are still not close to the record low levels we saw a year ago.
We are continuing to urge caution and restraint with water usage. Please protect the resource. However, the Gamka dam in Beaufort West was empty a little more than a year ago. It is now at 43.6% full. That is a major relief.”