Water levels dip slightly as rain eludes the region

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The Cape Town dams have seen a slight decrease this week. Due to the lack of rainfall in the region, the water levels in the dams feeding the City of Cape Town have dropped by 0.2%.

While this marginal drop is, in itself, nothing to panic over – it does signify the beginning of a dry summer, which is expected to be long and hot. Currently, Cape Town dams are at 76% full.

Cape Town dams: Water levels for Friday 12 October

Cape Town dams
(City of Cape Town)

Only the Voëlvlei and Berg River dams recorded a marginal increase – all the other Western Cape dams feeding the metro saw losses. Worryingly, it’s the first time in many months that the dam levels have actually dropped.

Following a cold winter which brought with it good rains and snowfall, Cape Town dam levels peaked earlier this week. This is good news for Capetonians; last year this time, the water levels were at a pitifully low 37.8%.

Summer seeks to suck up water from Cape Town dams

However, locals cannot afford to rest on the laurels and relax their fervent water saving efforts just yet. While weather reports indicate that the region may receive a spattering of rain next week Monday, the general consensus is that drier conditions have arrived in earnest.

Simply put, Capetonians are likely to see less rain from now on, which means that water levels will begin to drop over time.

In light of summer’s arrival, Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, has urged all residents to use water sparingly. While the conscientious collective effort of locals has managed to push the dreaded Day Zero to beyond 2020, Bredell has reiterated the need to continue saving water as the threat of drought still looms over the region.

Earlier in the week, it was announced that the National Treasury and the National Disaster Management Centre had granted the Western Cape funds totalling R974 million, to be used in the implementation of water recovery programs and projects in the region.

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