What a joyous sight this is: After more than seven months of waiting, the Cape Town dam levels have recorded back-to-back weekly increases. As well as the 0.15% that was clocked last week, the Metropole is now up by another 1%, standing at a combined 46.7% full for the reserves which keep the Mother City hydrated.
There’s good news on a provincial scale, too: The Western Cape dam levels have recorded their own significant increases, up 0.45% over the past seven days. That takes their facilities above the one-third-full mark, at 33.55%.
May and June are traditionally the wettest months in South Africa. The rainfall over the past few weeks was shaping up to be a little underwhelming, before the biggest storm of the season so far hit Cape Town last Monday. Around 50mm fell at Theewaterskloof dam alone, in what was a huge victory for local drought-busting efforts.
Cape Town dam levels latest news for Monday 27 May
Theewaterskloof, others continue to improve
There’s a delightful reading across the board: Of all Cape Town’s major dams, only Wemmershoek recorded a loss of water. Voelvlei, Berg River and the giant Theewaterskloof facility all bumped their numbers up over the past week. These figures were aided by two cold fronts, which have doused the Cape since last Monday.
Anton Bredell is the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape: He has welcomed the slight increase in dam levels across the province ahead of the winter and has urged citizens to prepare for the expected wetter months that lie ahead.
“We are expecting rain in the coming months and we want to urge people to take precautions in the event of wet weather. In addition, despite a greater sense of comfort at the moment regarding dam levels in the province, I want to continue to urge the public to use water responsibly.”