Cape Town dams: Joy as water levels jump up by another 6%

Cape Town dams: Joy as water levels jump up by another 6%

 

What an unbelievable month for the Cape Town dams. Four weeks ago, the facilities were at less than 20% full. But now, they’re pushing the 40% mark.

Heavy rains and reduced consumption have helped the dams launch a remarkable recovery. Anton Bredell is a representative of the Western Cape government, and he shared the figures with us on Monday afternoon.

Cape Town dams: Levels for Monday 18 June

A week ago, the dams were a combined 31.5% full. That has since increased by more than 6% over the last seven days. Bredell said:

“The dams feeding the City of Cape Town are now better off at 37.8%.”

The Voëlvlei dam (currently 31.4% full this week), the Theewaterskloof dam (26.6% full this week) and the Bergriver Dam (61.7% full this week) are all showing improvements in excess of 5%.”

“With Bergriver dam having increased by nearly 10% in the past seven days. Up the West Coast the Clanwilliam dam has jumped from 20.4% a week ago to 36%. A few weeks ago the dam was below 6%.”

Western Cape dam levels:

The rest of the province is allowing itself a moment of celebration, too. On average, dams that serve the rest of the Western Cape have managed to rise above the 30% mark for the first time in 2018.

Rises of 5-6% have been recorded at a few facilities, but it is the transformation of Clanwilliam dam that will have the most eyebrows raised. From being as a good as empty, the facility has seen a 30% increase in its water levels since mid-May.

As ever, the local government are still keen to keep feet on the ground. Bredell cautioned that whatever happens this winter, the region is dealing with a three-year “backlog” regarding drought. However, he also revealed more rain is on its way:

“The province is a winter rainfall area so the wet weather is not unexpected. The problem is there is such a backlog following the three years of drought that the system continues to remain under pressure.”

“The good news is that the predictions seem to indicate further rain in the coming weeks. We also want to urge the public to continue to use as little water as possible. We must allow the system to recover as far as possible ahead of the summer period.”

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