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There are a few more rainy spells predicted to hit Cape Town and this week the dams are collectively about to hit 60% capacity. Let’s celebrate the small victories.


On the 23rd of July, we celebrated that the Cape Town dams had collectively reached just over 50%. It was a very exciting day in the office. Now just a few weeks later, they are sitting pretty at 59%, about to flow over to a solid 60%.

There is still rain coming, long-term predictions have estimated a big rain will come just after the 25th of August and smaller bouts of rain will be scattered throughout this weekend and the coming week.

The Western Cape Government believes that the time to save water is when there is still water available! So even with the happy news of rising dam levels. We should remain water-wise and save where ever possible. They have some helpful tips to use at home and work to keep reducing your water usage.

  • Only flush the toilet when necessary. Let the yellow mellow at home, work, school, gym, shops, etc.
  • Take very short stop-start showers. Wet your body, turn off the tap, soap, then rinse quickly.
  • Collect your shower, bath and basin water and re-use it to flush your toilet.
  • Wait for a full load before running washing machines and dishwashers. The rinse water from some washing machines can be re-used for the next wash cycle.
  • Use a cup instead of running taps in the bathroom or kitchen when brushing teeth, shaving, drinking, etc.
  • Defrost foods in the fridge or naturally, rather than placing it under running water.

They have even created a helpful handbook for using grey water, you can read it here. Keep up the great work everyone, a few more rainy seasons and the drought will be booted!

Sources: Cape Town Gov
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