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Latest Dam Levels, Plus: Update On Recent Karoo Rainfall

While recent rainfall in the Karoo region brought slight relief to some parts, the rain has not been sufficient to break the ongoing drought. Level 3 restrictions require people to use 105 litres per person a day or less. Keep on saving!

Latest update: 11 February 2019

Western Cape dam levels are currently at an average combined level of 45% compared to last year's 22.6%. Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, says recent rainfall in the Karoo region has not been sufficient to break the ongoing drought.

“In December, Beaufort-West usually gets around 28mm of rainfall and in January months it is around 20mm every year. This past December the town got 0 mm in December and 2 mm in January." The Western Cape continues to assist with drought alleviation projects. Consumers should continue to use water responsibly, even in areas where there may be no water challenges.

Bredell says that as autumn is nearly here and we are heading towards winter, it is hoped that we will experience good rainfall in the coming months.


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

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


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

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


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

HERE'S WHAT THE LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS MEAN FOR YOU
Level 3 restriction don’ts:
* No municipal water in 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 summer: Discover these awesome Cape Town tidal pools and natural rock pools


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

CAPE TOWN MAJOR DAM LEVELS AT 57.4%
The total level of the major dams is 57.4% as at 11 February 2019. This is compared to dam levels of 25% at the same time last year. Water consumption is at 633 million litres per day, which is within the authorities’ required limit.

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

WESTERN CAPE DAM LEVELS AT 46.63%
The combined level of the dams in the Western Cape as of 4 February 2019 is 46.63%. This is slightly less than 1% down from 47.88% of the previous week, yet still nearly double the 23.66% at the same time in 2018.

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

56.89

58.36

24.52

BERG RIVER CATCHMENT

72.10

74.04

39.98

BREEDE RIVER CATCHMENT

41.15

42.73

17.14

GOURITZ RIVER CATCHMENT

17.83

17.65

21.59

OLIFANTS CAPE/DOORN RIVER CATCHMENT

46.83

50.96

13.74

WESTERN CAPE STATE OF DAMS

45.07

46.68

22.62

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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Power off again? Keep up to date with the latest in loadshedding in Cape Town.

Find out the innovative ways that Capetonians have been saving water. With the rising dam levels, we’ll be celebrating water for days to come. It’s summer, so have a look at these Cape Town surf spots and things to do in summer. Or check out our day tours for families.

PLUS: WHERE TO SWIM IN 2019
Discover these beaches around Cape Town, as well as awesome surf spots.

Check out the special, secluded and hidden tidal pools around Cape Town

And these beautiful natural rock pools of the Western Cape.

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