City dam levels reach 82,9%

South Africa - Cape Town - 28 October 2019 - The Theewaterskloof dam is currently on 73.8% according to the City of Cape Town's website. The total dam storage for the Western Cape is standing on 82.9%. In the last week the dams increased by 3.3% in total. The dams in and around Cape Town form part of the Western Cape Water Supply System, which is an integrated and collectively managed system of dams, pump stations, pipelines, and tunnels. In addition to servicing Cape Town, the system supplies water to towns in the Overberg, Boland, West Coast, and Swartland areas, and provides irrigation water for agriculture. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)
Cape Town’s dams are currently 82,9% full, up by 3,3% from the previous week, thanks to recent rains.

Collective water consumption for the past week has decreased to 625 million litres/day, which is within the daily target of 650 million litres.

Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg, said: “Dams are now slightly over the 80% mark, mainly due to good water conservation by our residents. However it has been another drier-than-average year, raising serious concern that the drastic decrease in rainfall levels we’ve recently experienced could be permanent.”

Ms Limberg also urged residents to continue using water sparingly.

“With water consumption hovering around the targeted levels, we would like to call on residents to maintain their current habits until restrictions for the coming hydrological year are determined.”

Level 3 water restrictions remain in place. Visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information.
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