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Dam Levels Increased 6% this Week

The City's dams are now on average 59.6% full but please continue to use water sparingly

Latest update: 8 July 2019 

The average dam level in the province has increased by over 6% during the past week. The average level for dams in the province stands at 45.4%. The City of Cape Town’s dams are now on average 59.6% full (2018: 53%).

The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, confirms that water is continuously flowing to dams from various catchment areas.


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

“We’re very happy to see the levels starting to increase dramatically. In the past week the Berg River Dam increased more than 10% and the Clanwilliam dam level increased by more than 15%. The Theewaterskloof Dam – the biggest in the Western Cape – increased by 5.5% and is now more than 50% full. This time last year it was still at 38%. Overall, we expect dam levels will continue to increase in the coming weeks.”

Bredell has urged the public to continue using water sparingly despite the improved dam levels and good rainfall.

“We don’t know how much more rain we'll get and we don’t know to what extent our dam levels will improve. The resource will always be under pressure and we must become more water conscious on a permanent basis, doing what we can to use our scarce resources more responsibly.”


Berg River Dam, 30 June 2018. Craig Kolesky / CapeTownMagazine.com

Level 3 restrictions remain in place to aid dam recovery.

CAPE TOWN LEVEL 3 WATER RESTRICTIONS
The City recently announced a slight relaxation in Level 3 water restrictions with regard to irrigation at home. You're now allowed to water your garden with municipal water, but only on specific days and times, using specific irrigation systems.

Our team brings you all the Cape Town water updates below: See the relaxed Level 3 water restrictions and the latest Cape Town and Western Cape dam levels.


Photo: Cape Town Gov: City Wemmershoek Dam–25 September 2018

You’ll find all the latest city and Western Cape dam levels, plus: info on Level 3 Water Restrictions in Cape Town below.

CAPE TOWN: NEW LEVEL 3 TARIFFS EXPLAINED
As of 1 December 2018, water restrictions have been lowered to Level 3, meaning that personal water can increase from 70 to 105 litres per person per day whether at home, work, school, gym or elsewhere. Here's what you'll be paying. 

Residential tariffs (ex VAT)
0–6 kL: Down 35% from R24,37/kL to R15.73/kL
6–10,5 kL: Down 60% from R39.59/kL to R22.38/kL
10–35 kL: Down 47% from R60.25/kL to R31.77/kL
Above 35 kL: Down 79% from R345/kL to R69.76/kL

Commercial and Industrial tariffs
Down 33% from R43.13/kL to R28.82/kL


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

LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS RELAXED FOR IRRIGATION
Where previously you weren't allowed to water your garden with municipal water (hosepipes or sprinkler systems) at all, the City has relaxed this restriction as of 1 March 2019. You can now:

  • Water your garden using a dripper, drip line or soaker hose irrigation system on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays (before 9am and after 6pm only) for a maximum of one hour
  • Water with a sprinkler system or hosepipe fitted with a self-closing nozzle on Saturdays (before 9am and after 6pm only) for a maximum of one hour
  • Water with a watering can or bucket before 9am and after 6pm only for a maximum of one hour

HERE'S WHAT THE LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS MEAN FOR YOU
Level 3 restriction don’ts:
* Municipal water for irrigation only on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays before 9am and after 6pm, otherwise, no hosepipes or any sprinkler systems
* No fountains or water features
* No watering gardens within 48 hours of rainfall
* No washing or hosing down any hard surfaces or paved areas

LEVEL 3 WATER CAPE TOWN DOs
You can now:
* Top up or fill your swimming pool, only if you have a non-permeable solid pool cover; the recovery of backwash water, and the use of rainwater for pool topping up where possible
* Irrigate gardens with a bucket or watering can before 9am or after 6pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, for a maximum of one hour per day, per property
* Wash vehicles, trailers, caravans and boats using a bucket.

Idea for winter: Discover these awesome heated pools and natural hot springs.


Franschhoek Area, 30 June 2018. Craig Kolesky / CapeTownMagazine.com

8 JULY 2019 CAPE TOWN MAJOR DAM LEVELS AT 59.8%
The latest update from the City of Cape Town shows that the total level of the major dams is at 59.8%, up 6.9% from last week's level, compared to dam levels of 53% at the same time last year.

Average daily water consumption is at 555 million litres per day, below the target of 650 Ml/d, showing that Capetonians are remaining water-conscious and continue to implement water-saving efforts to reduce daily consumption. 

See all Cape Town dam levels here:  

WESTERN CAPE DAM LEVELS AT 45.42% 
The combined level of the dams in the Western Cape as of 8 July 2019 is 45.42%, compared to 47.23% at the same time last year. 

See below: The Western Cape State Dams is the total of the combined storage of the Cape Town System Dams and the four catchment areas recorded below.

DAM

% FULL THIS WEEK

% FULL LAST WEEK

% FULL 2018

CAPE TOWN SYSTEM DAMS COMBINED

59.59

52.59

53.05

BERG RIVER CATCHMENT

71.43

62.75

70.60

BREEDE RIVER CATCHMENT

41.76

36.37

38.93

GOURITZ RIVER CATCHMENT

23.82

23.99

19.46

OLIFANTS CAPE/DOORN RIVER CATCHMENT

36.47

20.62

97.89

WESTERN CAPE STATE OF DAMS

45.32

39.38

47.23

Gamka Dam, Beaufort-West, 10 June 2019

WHERE WE COME FROM
Throughout 2018, reports said Cape Town could be the first major city in the world to run out of drinking water, with images of dry dams being beamed all over the world.

Capetonians have taken on the challenge to save water: Not taking baths; shortening showers; not flushing with potable water, and becoming more conscious of when to wash clothes or have a tap open. Those who could buy rainwater tanks while others educated their neighbours on water-conscious usage. The hospitality industry invested in water re-usage systems and desalination plants were installed.

As things improve it's important to also read about how Capetonians pulled together, and for tourists to know that they make up only 1% of the population at peak season, and should consider Cape Town their top destination of choice.


Berg River Dam, 30 June 2018. Craig Kolesky / CapeTownMagazine.com

THE VIDEO THAT GOT EVERYONE TALKING

At the end of June 2018, we decided to go and see the levels of the dams for ourselves. So we flew over three of Cape Town’s major dams. What we saw inspired our readers to share the news far and wide because the story of Capetonians pulling together needs to be shared.

The video and images of Cape Town from above were shot and edited by Red Bull photographer Craig Kolesky. The flight was courtesy of our partner Cape Town Helicopters.

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