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Latest Dam Levels, PLUS: Level 3 Water and What it Means for You

Your new daily limit is 105 litres and you'll save on your water bills, but the Western Cape urges Capetonians to stay mindful of water usage

Latest update: 3 December 2018

Use this as an opportunity to keep your water billings low by continuing your good water habits is the message from the Western Cape MEC Anton Bredell. This as the city of Cape Town lowered water restrictions to Level 3 as of 1 December 2018.

"We note that it's the city's way of giving back to citizens," Bredell says. "Reduced restrictions mean water is cheaper. We urge consumers not to revert to high usage. Continue to use lower amounts of water, and the good news is you'll now pay a lot less."

More good news: You can now water the garden at specific times of the day, wash your car with municipal water (using a bucket) and your personal daily limit is up from 70L per day to 105L per day (per person).

Plus: You can look forward to some lower water rates when your next water bill arrives. Here's what to expect under Level 3. And see the Cape Town and Western Cape Dam Levels below.


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

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 09:00 or after 18:00 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

CAPE TOWN MAJOR DAM LEVELS AT 70.3%
The total level of the major dams as of 3 December 2018 is 70.3% full. Last week the dams were 71.3% full. That's a 1% week-on-week drop, the average expected during this summer season. Dams are still well above the 35.3% full they were this time in 2017.


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


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

WESTERN CAPE DAM LEVELS AT 59.63%
The combined level of the dams as of 3 December 2018 is 59.63% full compared to 60.99% the previous week. Last year this time, the average level for the province was 33.51%. 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

69.68

70.81

34.74

BERG RIVER CATCHMENT

87.55

89.06

50.09

BREEDE RIVER CATCHMENT

56.12

57.50

30.37

GOURITZ RIVER CATCHMENT

19.01

18.37

20.78

OLIFANTS CAPE/DOORN RIVER CATCHMENT

83.19

86.61

32.38

WESTERN CAPE STATE OF DAMS

59.63

60.99

33.51

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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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.

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