What a pleasure it is to see the Cape Town dam levels continue their ascent towards safety. The facilities servicing the Mother City have added almost another 2% to their combined water reserves, and they now sit at 61.4% full – taking them comfortably above the highly-coveted 60% mark.
As it stands, the water levels are now just 15% off the highs they reached in September 2018, cracking 76% in the process. Meanwhile, the dams which hydrate the wider Western Cape have enjoyed improvements across the board, scoring a 1.87% increase – taking them to 47.29% full. This, despite a lack of major rain over the past seven days.
Once again, the major reservoirs are showing their steely resolve: Theewaterskloof is now 51.2% full, and Berg River Dam has surpassed 90% full following some substantial winter rains in the catchment area. All in all, the Cape Town dam levels have notched-up another excellent weekly performance.
The #Theewaterskloof dam #Western_Cape currently at 51% after wonderful #rain the past week. Much more needed though 📹 Loanda Pieterse @SAWeatherServic @sawx_sa_weather @eNCAWeather @eNCA @venter_annette @debeer_anika @SABCNewsOnline @JoelGuy_ @maroelamedia @AgriWesKaap @zarsg pic.twitter.com/2KxfocPEQD
— ReenvalSA (@ReenvalSA) July 14, 2019
Western Cape and Cape Town dam levels for Monday 15 July
- Voëlvlei dam – 66.6% (54.7% in July 2018).
- Bergriver Dam – 90.1% (84.6% in July 2018).
- Theewaterskloof dam – 51.2% (40.3% in July 2018).
- Clanwilliam Dam – 34.2% (96.2% in July 2018).
Western Cape latest news
Anton Bredell is the Western Cape’s Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. He says the Gouritz River catchment area continues to be the area of most concern for the province and asked Capetonians to make sensible water consumption part of their permanent routines:
“While some regions – including Beaufort-West – have received good rains in their catchment areas, other areas have not yet seen the relief they need. A source of concern remains the agriculture sector in large parts of the province where the ongoing drought that has been prevalent for more than four years, remains in effect.”
“The resource will always be under pressure in years to come and we must all do that we can to use less. We are talking about permanent behaviour change to ensure we build a more sustainable future for generations to come.”