When the rain hammers it down, the Mother City rejoices. The Cape Town dam levels are a sight for sore eyes this Monday, as increases over the past seven days have taken the combined levels for the facilities to 49.82% full – that’s a rise of 1.14% in the last week.
As well as success for the municipality, the wider Western Cape also has reasons to be cheerful. The dams serving the province had a near-identical rise, and now sit proudly above the 37% mark. Although there is much more work to be done, this is a marked improvement from the middle of Autumn.
Water on its way from the Riviersonderend river to Theewaterskloof dam 23/06/2019. after the rain 📽️ Clinton Thom @SAWeatherServic @sawx_sa_weather @eNCAWeather @eNCA @SABCNewsOnline @venter_annette @debeer_anika @AfricaWeather_ @JoelGuy_ @maroelamedia @TeamNews24 @zarsg pic.twitter.com/nNTATSGo2W
— ReenvalSA (@ReenvalSA) June 23, 2019
In fact, all the major Cape Town dam levels enjoyed an individual rise, but Voelvlei (between Tulbagh and Wellington) takes the cake, here: The reservoir is now 50% more full than it was last week, following the treacherous downpours that soaked the south-west.
Western Cape and Cape Town dam levels for Monday 24 June
- Voëlvlei dam – 57% (2018: 55% full in June 2018).
- Bergriver Dam – 75.3% (67% full in June 2018).
- Theewaterskloof dam – 41.4% (29.8% full in June 2018).
- Clanwilliam Dam – 13.3% (57% full in June 2018).
Water levels in the Western Cape
Anton Bredell is the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. He brought his usual brand of cautious optimism to the table this week, and after asking locals to continue saving water, he hinted that more good news would soon be on the way:
“Several reports of damage and localised flooding was reported in the province over the past weekend including a large rockfall on the Franschhoek Pass, but overall we got off relatively lightly.”
“We are expecting further cold and wet weather in the days and weeks to come and urge the public to take precautions where possible. We must use water wisely even when there’s more of it. The system needs to recover as far as possible in the months ahead.”