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Even though the dam levels have increased, rainfall remains well below the long-term average. Protect our water resources by adhering to water restrictions.


Western Cape, South Africa (20 August 2020) – Total capacity of dams supplying the Cape Metro increased to 84,0% for the week 10 – 16 August 2020, up from 80,4% the previous week.

Consumption for the same period decreased by 1 million litres per day to an average of 642 million litres per day. At the same time last year, dam levels were at 81,4%.

“The City is relieved at the further recovery of dams, but would urge residents to be cautious in calling for water restrictions to be completely lifted.

Future rainfall is still uncertain and new water sources are still in development. A decision on restriction levels for the 2020/21 hydrological year will be taken upon review of the rainy season, which concludes at the end of August.

Tariffs for the new financial year, starting 1 July, will be set only to recoup the expected costs of operations/maintenance, and as usual will therefore be significantly determined by anticipated volumes of water consumed by residents and business,” said Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.

For more information on new water sources, water restrictions (Level 1 currently in place), guidelines around alternative water sources such as boreholes and rainwater tanks, and tariff information, please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater.

Sources: City of Cape Town
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