Cape Town - The average dam level in the Western Cape has increased by more than 6% during the past week. The latest average level for dams across the province stands at 45.4% (2018: 47.2%).
Thid great news follows the development of several cold fronts that have swept across the Cape since the end of June. Four significant rainfalls have completely changed the landscape for the Cape Town dam levels, which were closer to 40% than they were 60% just two weeks ago.
Western Cape MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development, Anton Bredell talks to Kieno Kammies about the significance of these gains, but also what we need to be wary of, “We’re very happy to see the levels starting to increase dramatically. In the past week the Berg River Dam has seen an increase of more than 10% and the Clanwilliam dam level has increased by more than 15%. The Theewaterskloof Dam – the biggest in the Western Cape – increased by 5.5% and is now more than 50% full. Last year at this stage it was still at 38%. Overall we expect dam levels will continue to increase in the coming weeks.”
Despite the good news, Captonians are still encouraged to use water sparingly.