The City of Cape Town released their weekly water report yesterday and reported that dam levels had increased by 1.8% however water usage spiked after recent rainfall.
While the Cape Storm brought with it some rainfall and a few days relief to gardens, it wasn’t enough to disregard current water restrictions. Overall dam levels have increased by only 1.8% since last week but the water crisis is far from over!
The City is urging citizens to use water conservatively and stick to the restrictions in place. There was a spike in water usage after the rainfall, but people should be mindful that the rain didn’t make a huge impact on dam levels.
As the last 10% of a dam’s water is difficult to use, the useable water in the dam is approximately 10% less than the dam level. Below are the stats as per the water report for 19 June 2017. All figures are for 19 June for each year except for those in the second column, which gives the figures for the previous week of this year.
Because each dam size is different, the best indicator of overall dam water levels is the overall percentage stored compared to the total accumulated capacity. This statistic is shown in the bottom line of the table. We try to update dam levels every week. The logistics of gathering the information can be challenging – we apologise in advance for occasional delays.
Morning rainfall is predicted again on Thursday the 22nd of June but we recommend Capetonians put on their rain boots and do the rain dance, you never know what the power of positivity can bring!