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Cape Town dam levels: Water reserves soar after mega rainfall

The Cape Town dam levels made a spectacular pivot in the right direction this week, and even the reserves at Theewaterskloof have boomed.

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Whenever the rain falls in the Western Cape, it’s good news for the Cape Town dam levels. As torrential downpours battered the region last week, the disruptions and discomfort caused by the grey clouds come with this silver lining – the water reserves have increased significantly over the past few days.

Latest Cape Town dam levels for Monday 15 June

The Cape Town dam levels are now at 57.92% full, rising by almost 3.5% from last week. After a continued period of dwindling numbers, Monday’s figures are an epic boost for the south-west. What is more, the dams for the metropolitan region are more than 9% better off than they were in June 2019. Individual performances include:

  • Voëlvlei Dam – 54.1% full this week (2019: 55.3%. Last week: 51.2%).
  • Bergriver Dam 73.1% full this week (2019: 72.9%. Last week: 68.2%).
  • Theewaterskloof Dam – 54.8% full this week (2019: 40.3%. Last week: 51.3%).
  • Clanwilliam Dam 13.6%. (2019: 12.6%. Last week: 7.1%).

Western Cape dams receive timely boost

The wider catchment area for the entire Western Cape has benefited immensely from the delugues. Also clocking a rise pushing the 3.5% mark, the province’s entire dam system is now at 40% of capacity again. The Olifants / Doorn region also got some much-needed relief, almost doubling its water levels.

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Cape Town dam levels and the winter ahead

Anton Bredell is the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape. He’s pinning his hopes on a rainy winter season to help “replenish” the struggling system.

“We are happy to see the dam levels increasing as the winter rain starts falling. We hope to see more rain in weeks and months to come. The cold weather has also seen lots of snow on the higher-lying areas of the province, this is a good sign with melting snow in the spring boosting dams further.”

“Rainfall also helps replenish underground water, reservoirs we have been using in some areas in ongoing efforts to ensure all communities have drinking water. The total average dam level for the province has increased slightly more than 4% week on week.”

Anton Bredell

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