The Cape Town dam levels have declined again this week, but at a much steadier pace than usual. Only 0.5% of the reserves serving the municipality have faded away in the last seven days, which is about half of the normal rate.
For the rest of the province, the news remains a bit of a “mixed bag”. The entire reticulation system for the wider Western Cape is now just a fraction under 35% of its capacity. However, recent rain in the Karoo has seen the Gouritz River catchment improve its water levels by more than 5% in the past week.
There could be more good news to come for the parched province and, in particular, it’s biggest city. Cape Town looks set for two separate downpours over the next few days, and most of the local dams are set to get a covering.
Western Cape and Cape Town dam levels for Monday 29 April
- Voëlvlei dam – 56.9% (14.2% full in April 2018).
- Bergriver Dam – 67.3% (36.9% full in April 2018).
- Theewaterskloof dam – 36.3% (11% full in April 2018).
- Clanwilliam Dam – 11.9% (5% full in April 2018).
Situation in the Western Cape
Anton Bredell is the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape. Although he welcomed the recent rains, he still hopes that more downpours make landfall soon in order to alleviate concerns in drought-threatened regions of the province.
“We have been getting some rain across large parts of the province in recent weeks but not enough to make a meaningful difference just yet. We are expecting more rain in the coming weeks and months as the regular winter rainfall period kicks in.”
“In addition, the public is advised to contact their closest disaster management centre as quickly as possible should an emergency occur. The easiest number to remember to call in an emergency is 112.”