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UPDATE: Latest City Water Levels

Plus: Cape Town continues to lower its water consumption and the province remains positive

Latest update: 12 November 2018

Both Cape Town and the province registered another slight drop in dam levels this week amidst warming summer temperatures. Cape Town’s levels dropped by 0.7% from 74.1% last week to 73.4% today. The Western Cape’s levels are down 0.84% from 63.94% last week to 63.1% right now.

That said, the citizens of Cape Town have once again lowered daily water consumption. It’s down from 559 million litres per day last week to 549 million daily now. (Where the target usage is 500 million litres per day.)

STAY WATERWISE
While the province retains a positive outlook, Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, says that the Karoo and especially Beaufort-West remain a concern, as the town no longer relies on surface water at all, but boreholes and reclaimed water instead.

“The plant remains operational and there are additional plans in motion to drill additional boreholes,” Bredell says, urging locals and tourists across the province to keep using water sparingly. “There are things we can all do to make a real difference. It starts with being water conscious and waterwise.”


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

NEW LEVEL 5 TARIFFS EXPLAINED
As of 1 October, water restrictions have been lowered to Level 5, meaning that personal water can increase from 50 to 70 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 26,6% from R28,90/kL to R21,19/kL
6–10,5 kL: Down 25% from R46/kL to R34,43/kL
10–35 kL: Down 56% from R120,27/kL to R52,39/kL
Above 35 kL: Down 70% from R1 000/kL to R300/kL

Commercial and Industrial tariffs
Down 18% from R45,75/kL to R37,50/kL


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

HERE'S WHAT THE LEVEL 5 RESTRICTIONS MEAN FOR YOU
Level 5 restriction don’ts:
* No watering/irrigation with municipal water. Some exceptions may apply.
* No topping up (manual or automatic) of swimming pools with municipal drinking water.
* No washing of vehicles, including cars, taxis, trailers, caravans or boats with municipal drinking water.
* No washing or hosing down of hard surfaces with municipal water.
* No use of municipal drinking water for ornamental fountains or water features.
* All private swimming pools must be fitted with a cover.
* The use of any portable or temporary play pools is prohibited.
* Should borehole/wellpoint water be used for outdoor purposes, it should only be done for a maximum of one hour on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 and after 18:00.
* The operation of spray parks is prohibited.
* No new landscaping or sports fields may be established except if irrigated only with non-drinking water.


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

CAPE TOWN MAJOR DAM LEVELS AT 73.4%
The total level of the major dams as of 12 November 2018 is 73.4% full. Last week the dams were 74.1% full and 37% full in 2017.  


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

WESTERN CAPE DAM LEVELS AT 63.1%
The combined level of the dams as of 12 November 2018 is 63.1% full compared to 63.94% the previous week. Last year this time, the average level for the province was 34.9%. 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 2017

CAPE TOWN SYSTEM DAMS COMBINED

72.95

73.64

36.45

BERG RIVER CATCHMENT

91.99

93.17

50.84

BREEDE RIVER CATCHMENT

59.59

60.22

32.64

GOURITZ RIVER CATCHMENT

18.24

18.63

18.38

OLIFANTS CAPE/DOORN RIVER CATCHMENT

92.48

94.58

36.44

WESTERN CAPE STATE OF DAMS

63.11

63.88

34.90

WHERE WE COME FROM
For months 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, we decided to 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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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 winter, so you can start by visiting these Heated Pools and hot springs or finding out more about Cape Town’s underground tunnels, a place of sweet water.

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