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Cape Town’s dam levels

The city's dam levels are at 100.5% as we head for summer

Latest update: 12 October 2020

Desipte a small drop in dam levels over the course of the week, average dam levels for the City of Cape Town are at 100.5%. 

WESTERN CAPE DAMS IN 2018 AND NOW
Marine conservation photographer, Jean Tresfon, took to Facebook to share his images of the dam in various stages of the drought. "It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words", he writes, "so for interest’s sake here is a visual representation of the 6 major supply dams at both low and high levels during the past 3 years."

Cape Town's biggest supply dam, Theewaterskloof, providing 53.5% of total storage capacity. On 9 March 2018 I...

Posted by Jean Tresfon - Marine Conservation Photographer on Monday, September 28, 2020

Voelvlei Dam, Cape Town's second biggest supply dam providing 18.3% of total storage capacity. Back on 9 March 2018 the...

Posted by Jean Tresfon - Marine Conservation Photographer on Monday, September 28, 2020

12 OCTOBER 2020: CAPE TOWN MAJOR DAM LEVELS AT 95.6%
The latest update from the City of Cape Town shows that the total level of the major dams is at 100.5%. This is up from 37.7% this time in 2017, when we were facing a possible Day Zero. 

Major dams

Current levels

Previous week

% 2019

Berg River

 100.2

100.7

 99.4

Steenbras Lower

99.8

101

98.1

Steenbras Upper 

 97.4

99.5

86.8

Theewaterskloof 

 101.6

101.7

72.1

Voelvlei 

 98.7 99

88.7

Wemmershoek

98.9 99.3

92.0

Total Stored MI

902,419 905,292

725,662

% Storage 

100.5 100.8

80.8

Source: City of Cape Town

WATCH: THEEWATERSKLOOF DAM OVERFLOWS
On 25 September 2020 videos of the largest supply dam for Cape Town overflowing flooded social media. 

PLUS MORE VIDEOS ON THE DAM'S INCREDIBLE RECOVERY

A slow pan to make you smile!




In 2018, Theewaterskloof - the largest water-supplying dam in the province - was at it's lowest with only 9%. Today, 2 years later, it has made a full recovery at 100.5%.

A roadtrip is in order to see the joyous news in person.

One last video... Just look at all that water.

 
 
 
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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 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 dams are finally almost full. 

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