As much as we’d like to claim this is an April Fool’s joke, the current situation with the Cape Town dams is a sobering reality. Water levels for the facilities serving the municipality have dropped below the 50% mark for the first time since July 2018, as the reserves are now at 49.81% of their capacity.
There was a decline for the Western Cape’s dams, too: The provincial levels have now slumped to 37.6%, after losing more than 1% of their water supply over the past seven days. Comparatively, Cape Town only lost 0.86% of what it had in reserve last week.
The good news is that winter rains are another week closer, as the Cape heads for an unpredictable April. Despite the promise of a rainier season, Capetonians are still being urged to conserve and save water as per usual. The situation is much more relaxed than it was this time last year, but locals have to remain vigilant still.
Western Cape and Cape Town dams: Water levels for Monday 1 April
- Theewaterskloof dam – 38.8% (10.2% full in April 2018).
- Voëlvlei dam – 61.4% (14.4% full in April 2018).
- Bergriver Dam – 70.6% (43.4% fill in April 2018).
- Clanwilliam Dam – 22.3% (6% 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. Despite the Mother City’s unwanted milestone, he kept his focus firmly on the rest of the province.
The Gouritz River Catchment is the only area of the province which is faring worse now than it did last year. With water levels standing at just 21.89% this week, that’s 1.2% less than the total in April 2018:
“The situation in the Karoo remains concerning and we continue to monitor and provide assistance across the entire region. There is rainfall projected for the province but according to the SA Weather Services, the data does appear to indicate late winter rainfall.”
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