The Cape Town storms have brought some relief as water has started flowing into the Theewaterskloof Dam.
Theewaterskloof Dam is an earth-fill type dam located on the Sonderend River near Villiersdorp, Western Cape, South Africa. Administratively it is located within Theewaterskloof Local Municipality. It was established in 1978 and forms a major component of the Western Cape Water Supply System.
The Dam mainly serves for municipal and industrial use as well as for irrigation purposes.
The Dam was sitting at less than 13% before the rain started last week but a video was posted showing a rush of fresh water flowing into the Theewaterskloof dam.
Water users are reminded that water is only permitted for essential use, irrespective of the rainfall that is being experienced.
All water users must continue to reduce their water usage to less than 100 litres per person per day in total, wherever they are. The much-anticipated cold front which has made landfall is not a quick ticket out of the drought situation. It will take at least three consecutive winters of above-average rainfall to make a real difference.
‘The City urges consumers, where possible, to use suitable containers to capture rainwater, which is perfect for flushing toilets, as an example. Flushing an average toilet could save nine litres per flush depending on the type of toilet.
‘It must be noted that, due to climatic unpredictability, no one is able to definitely predict when our next big rainfall will occur. We must therefore continue to save water now and we cannot afford to have our water use influenced by the weather – using less than 100 litres per person per day whether at home, work, school or elsewhere remains the requirement,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.
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