Now this is a sight for sore Capetonian eyes. One of the biggest weekly increases in recent memory has been recorded for the Cape Town dam levels in the past seven days. The combined total for all of the Mother City’s facilities has jumped up by a remarkable 7%, taking them to 59.59% full.
Everyone’s a winner this week: Theewaterskloof dam even managed to get itself above the 50% mark – it’s now officially more than half-full. Elsewhere, the dams serving the Western Cape as a province reached 45.42%, enjoying their own scarcely-believable increase: The region has enjoyed a 6.04% rise since the first day of July.
The great news follows the development of several cold fronts that have swept across the Cape since the end of June. Four significant rainfalls have completely changed the landscape for the Cape Town dam levels, which were closer to 40% than they were 60% just two weeks ago.
Western Cape and Cape Town dam levels for Monday 8 July
- Voëlvlei dam – 65.1% (52.2% in July 2018).
- Bergriver Dam – 89.2% (82.7% in July 2018).
- Theewaterskloof dam – 50% (38.5% in July 2018).
- Clanwilliam Dam – 34.2% (98.2% in July 2018).
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Anton Bredell is The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. He couldn’t contain his joy at these recent figures, but in a responsible fashion, he reminded Capetonians that one good rainfall doesn’t make a winter: In fact, the province still needs everyone to watch their water consumption:
“We’re very happy to see the levels starting to increase dramatically. In the past week the Berg River Dam has seen an increase of more than 10% and the Clanwilliam dam level has increased by more than 15%. But, the resource will always be under pressure.”
“We must become more water conscious on a permanent basis. The Theewaterskloof Dam – the biggest in the Western Cape – increased by 5.5% and is now more than 50% full. Last year at this stage it was still at 38%. We expect dam levels will continue to increase in the coming weeks.”