Although the war is not yet won, this is one battle that can be celebrated as a victory: The Cape Town dam levels are continuing their marvellous upwards trajectory, smashing through the half-full mark in comprehensive style. The forecast rain from the back end of last week really has had a positive impact
A whopping 2.79% increase in water levels over the past seven days puts the facilities of the Mother City at combined 52.59% full. There’s also joy for the rest of the province, as a 2.35% increase takes the Western Cape’s dam network to 39.38% full. Now that’s what we like to hear!
Theewaterskloof dam, the biggest of all the Cape Town dams, added another 3% to its reserves as it crawls towards that magical 50% mark. There were improvements across the board, apart from the Gouritz River Catchment. The drought-threatened Karoo region lost 0.12% of its water, after a fruitless week from the heavens.
Western Cape and Cape Town dam levels for Monday 1 July
- Voëlvlei Dam – 59.4% (44.6% full in July 2018).
- Bergriver Dam – 78.2% (78.1% full in July 2018).
- Theewaterskloof Dam – 44.5% (34.1% full in July 2018).
- Clanwilliam Dam – 18.9% (67.6% full in July 2018).
Water levels in the Western Cape
Anton Bredell is the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. He revealed that the forecast for the winter rains is a positive one this year, but tempered his optimism with a quick caution – Bredell urges drivers to “take great care” over the next few weeks when more downpours are expected.
“We are expecting colder weather as the winter continues to set in. The colder weather is also expected to be accompanied by more rain. We want to urge the public to travel safely when they are travelling around the province and to take great care when outdoors over the next few weeks.”