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The consistent increase in our dam levels over recent weeks is a big relief considering the relatively dry start to winter 2020.


Western Cape, South Africa (20 July 2020) – Dams supplying the Cape Metro increased by 4,5% over the past week (13 July – 19 July 2020) to 77,2% of total capacity. Consumption for the same period increased by 8 million litres per day to an average of 657 million litres per day, compared to 649 million litres per day the week before.

At the same time last year, dam levels stood at 61,8%.

“The consistent increase in our dam levels over recent weeks is a big relief considering the relatively dry start to winter 2020. Although rainfall is still tracking at below the historical average, continued low water consumption means that at this stage our outlook for 2020/21 is looking quite positive.

However, this outlook will still be influenced by rainfall levels over the next few months, and as such we ask that residents please continue watching this space. Although there is currently no reason to be concerned about our immediate water security (provided current restrictions are adhered to), we should not forget the very valuable lessons learnt about the finite nature of our most precious resource,” 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: Cape Town Dam Levels | City of Cape Town 
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