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UPDATE: Latest City Dam Levels, Plus Province Reaches 66%

Plus: What to expect from your water bill with new level 5 water restrictions in the next two weeks

Latest update: 15 October 2018

Two weeks after the City dropped water restrictions down to level 5, Cape Town’s combined major water levels are have held at the 76% mark. There was a very small 0.2% dip – from 76.2% down to 76% – because of slightly lower rainfall. Still, we're at 76% and that's all the more reason to keep up the good water-saving efforts.

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE UP TO 66%
The good news is that the Western Province levels have improved from 65.7% at the beginning of October to 66% today. “The greatest concern remains for the Karoo region of the Western Cape where the average level for dams still stands at below 20%,” says the province’s minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell. “The good news is that this is a summer rainfall region.”


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

LEVEL 5 WATER RESTRICTIONS EXPLAINED
Most Capetonians will receive their first water bills after the drop from level 6 to 5 in the next week or two. So it’s worth looking at what to expect:

NEW LEVEL 5 TARIFFS
As of 1 October, water restrictions have been lowered to Level 5, meaning that personal water use has increased 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 76%
The total level of the major dams as of 15 October 2018 is 76% full. 

 


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

WESTERN CAPE DAM LEVELS AT 66%
The combined level of the dams as of 15 October 2018 is 66.09% full compared to 66.14% the previous week. Last year at this time, the average level for the province was 35.78%.

DAM

(01 OCT) % FULL THIS WEEK

% FULL LAST WEEK

% FULL 2017

BERG RIVER CATCHMENT

96.01

96.34

49.38

BREEDE RIVER CATCHMENT

62.09

62.01

34.26

GOURITZ RIVER CATCHMENT

19.73

19.57

19.01

OLIFANTS CAPE/DOORN RIVER CATCHMENT

99.16

99.79

39.33

WESTERN CAPE STATE OF DAMS

66.09

66.14

35.78

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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