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Cape Town’s dam levels

A massive storm is expected for Cape Town, with dams supplying the city at 63.5% and counting

Latest update: 6 July

Dam levels have risen across the Western Cape after some good rains over the past few weeks. According to reports from 6 July, City of Cape Town dams have reached 63.5% capacity, compared to 58.2% at the same time in 2019.

CAPE TOWN CAN EXPECT A BIG STORM THIS WEEK
After a mild start to the week, Capetonians can expect the next major winter storm to make landfall on the evening of Thursday, 9 July. The wet weather is expected to continue until Saturday, with some snow expected on the mountains. 

SOUTH AFRICAN WEATHER SERVICES HAS ISSUED A WARNING
According to Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, “the storm is predicted to bring heavy rain and strong, damaging winds to large parts of the province. In addition, very cold conditions are expected in the province, including snowfall over the mountains.”

6 JULY 2020: CAPE TOWN MAJOR DAM LEVELS AT 63.5%
The latest update from the City of Cape Town shows that the total level of the major dams is at 63.5%, up 0.8% from last week's level.

Major dams

9/6/2020

Previous week

% 2019

Berg River

82.4

81.7

87.2

Steenbras Lower

56.6

51.0

50.4

Steenbras Upper 

99.7

100.7

74.2

Theewaterskloof 

59.7

59.7

49.2

Voelvlei 

58.9

56.1

63.3

Wemmershoek

50.6

49.6

49.7

Total Stored MI

570,612

563,058

523,101

% Storage 

63.5

62.7

58.2

Source: City of Cape Town


Steenbras Dam, 30 June 2018. Craig Kolesky / CapeTownMagazine.com

CAPE TOWN: LEVEL 1 WATER RESTRICTIONS
Cape Town is currently in level 1 water restrictions. You are allowed to water your garden between 5pm and 7pm every day, you can use handheld hose pipes between 4pm and 9am and you can top up your swimming pools.

THE VIDEO THAT GOT THE WORD OUT TO THE WORLD THINGS WERE GETTING BETTER

At the end of June 2018, after heavy rainfalls, we decided to go and see the levels of the dams for ourselves. After the horror images of a near-empty Theewaterskloof went all over the world it was important to see things looking up to some extent.

The footage was shared by hundreds of hospitality industry, thousands of readers worldwide – as well as featured on CNN. It reached over 600,000 people globally within the first 5 days.

THE BACKGROUND TO CAPE TOWN’S WATER SITUATION
In 2018 Cape Town came close to becoming the first major city in the world to run out of drinking water. However, Capetonians pulled through. We took two-minute showers instead of baths, we used “grey” water to flush our toilets and we only flushed when necessary. Those who could afford to buy water tanks did so and saved the rainwater off their roofs while the hospitality industry invested in water re-usage systems and the government installed desalination plants. 

Cape Town has come a long way and is used as a water success story all over the world. We’ve learnt from our past and we’ve adjusted our future. Today, our dam levels are up, we can irrigate our gardens, wash our cars and have 3-minute showers because Cape Town pulled through together. 

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