The overall picture is a positive one for the Cape Town dam levels, as the facilities continue to hold steady ahead of the onset of winter. The reserves lost just 0.4% of water compared to last week, as levels dropped to 45.9%.
Despite the decrease, it’s much less than the average seven-day losses we were seeing in summer. In fact, Cape Town is arguably just one substantial rainfall away from completely turning the tide and recording a weekly increase – which would be a first since September 2018.
The Cape Town dam levels had previously peaked at 76% full eight months ago but lost 30% of water reserves over a harsh, dry summer. However, things remain much rosier than last year, where the total percentage sat nearer the 20% mark. Day zero fears have all but evaporated since then.
Berg River managed to increase its share of water for the second week in a row, and losses elsewhere were minimal. Rain is forecast for the latter part of the upcoming weekend, which could improve the picture even further.
Cape Town dam levels for Monday 13 May
Cape Town city officials share their statement
The City of Cape Town issued a statement upon the release of this week’s figures, commending locals for their water-wise choices. Water consumption is also down by seven million litres since Monday 6 May. However, officials are very keen to remind locals that there’s still a lot of work to be done:
“Although we are in a much-improved position due to higher dam levels and reduced demand when compared to the same period in previous years, we encourage residents to continue using water wisely. Residents must be commended for reducing their consumption and continuing with water-wise behaviour.”
City of Cape Town