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Cape Town dam levels: Milestones smashed after midweek increases

Scenes you love to see: The Cape Town dam levels have scaled new heights again this week, as these latest figures raise the prospect of relaxed water tariffs.

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Is there any stopping the ferocious momentum of the Cape Town dam levels this winter? A stunning spike in the total volume of water in the facilities has put them within touching distance of highs reached in 2018.

Cape Town dam levels latest news and midweek updates:

We are a long, long way away from the threat of a day zero scenario. Although Cape Town will remain susceptible to droughts whenever one particularly dry winter spell sets in, there remains a cause for celebration on Thursday – the dams are now more than 75% full.

The Cape Town dam levels peaked at 76% last year before the onset of a dry summer period took them right back down to the low forties. However, since the first droplets of rain made landfall post-March, locals have never looked back. Another cold front is expected at the end of next week, making the prospect of “80% full” increasingly likely.

What will fuller dams mean for the Mother City?

It is understood that the City of Cape Town would look to relax water restrictions and tariffs by October, should the dams remain in such a commanding position. All in all, the results are an unbelievable turnaround from what we were seeing 18 months ago, as the combined total languished below the 20% mark.

Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) Spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said the fact that the ground is soaked “has assisted the run-off from rainfall catchment areas” to speedily flow into dams.

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The daily Cape Town dam levels update for Thursday 1 August shows even more breathtaking progress – Photo: City of Cape Town / Screenshot
  • The total combined water levels for the Cape Town dams stand at 75.5% full.
  • Two dams – Steenbras Upper and Berg River – are now more than 100% full and are currently overflowing.
  • The biggest dam servicing the city, Theewaterskloof, is now almost two-thirds full, reaching 66.1% on Thursday.

Cape Town dam levels on Thursday 1 August

Things may ultimately be looking more positive, but a need for caution still exists in the wider Western Cape. Anton Bredell is the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning for the province – he remains concerned about water levels in the Karoo, with their main dams just 23.89% full this week:

“Four of the five major catchment areas now see dam levels in excess of 50% full. The ongoing problem area is the Gouritz River Catchment area which feeds a big part of the Karoo. We remain concerned regarding the drought challenge, particularly to the agriculture sector in this region.”

Anton Bredell

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