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Cape Town’s dam levels have increased to 81,7% over the past week.


Cape Town, South Africa – The dams supplying the City of Cape Town are 81,7% full.

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.

The City of Cape Town and the National Department of Water and Sanitation measures dam levels to check how much water is available for the region and whether water restrictions are necessary for residents and businesses. The dam levels are critical for Cape Town’s water supply.

The Berg River (100,1%), Steenbras Lower (100,9%) and Steenbras Upper (98,7%) all have great levels while Voëlvlei (86,2%) and Wemmershoek (87,4%) are slowly making their way to capacity. Theewaterskloof is sitting at 72% full.

Collective water consumption for the past week of 12 to 18 August 2019 has decreased by 105 million litres per day from 608 to 503 million litres per day. The daily consumption has decreased considerably, and water users remain within the daily allocation of 650 million litres per day.

Cape Town is in a water-scarce region and weather patterns remain uncertain. The city wishes to remind all residents and visitors to “THINK WATER” and use water responsibly.

We have made great progress with our collective water-saving efforts. Even though our dam levels have increased, we have to continue to adhere to the water restrictions and save water.

The City again thanks all residents who continue to think water during this necessary recovery period for Cape Town.

For more information, visit the THINK WATER website!

Sources: City of Cape Town | Think Water 
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