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Cape Town’s dam levels

After more rainy weather in Cape Town, dams are over 5% up from last week

Latest update: 13 July

A wet and stormy few days have given our dams the boost they needed, with storage levels up 9.2% since last week. According to reports from 13 July, City of Cape Town dams have reached 72.7% capacity.  At the same time in 2017, when the water crisis hit its peak, dams were at 25.7%.

CAPE TOWN CAN EXPECT A SUNNY WEEK
After a wet start toi the week, the weather is expected to clear from Wednesday, 15 July. Capetonians can expect mild, sunny weather and not much wind.  

13 JULY 2020: CAPE TOWN MAJOR DAM LEVELS AT 72.7%
The latest update from the City of Cape Town shows that the total level of the major dams is at 72.7%, up 9.2% from last week's level.

Major dams

Current levels

Previous week

% 2019

Berg River

93.8

82.4

90.3

Steenbras Lower

71.1

56.6

54.7

Steenbras Upper 

101.3

99.7

88.2 

Theewaterskloof 

69.0

59.7

51.5

Voelvlei 

63.8 

56.1

58.9

Wemmershoek

65.8

50.6

49.7

Total Stored MI

570,612

563,058

523,101

% Storage 

72.7

63.5

61.4

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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