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BREAKING: Watch Clanwilliam Dam Overflow (VIDEO)

New video of Clanwilliam sluices open after exceeding 100% full capacity. Plus: reports of up to 7 Western Cape dams nearing capacity.

Latest update: 20 September 2018

Loads of new videos: From Ceres residents celebrating an overflowing Koekedouw to this new video of the Clanwilliam dam overflowing. As many as 6 or 7 Western Cape dams have now approached or exceeding full capacity.

WATCH: CLANWILLIAM DAM OVERFLOWS

Good news, but still even more reason to keep saving water and being water conscious.

CAPE TOWN DAM LEVELS NOW AT 70%
Cape Town’s current water levels are better than in the last two years. With dam levels now at 70% (up 0.9% from last week and just 4.2% less than the same week in 2015), the city is even getting closer to national government’s prerequisite of 85% capacity.

You’ll remember when the city first started pushing for a slow relaxation of water restrictions in August, the Department of Water and Sanitation refused, standing firm that they’ll only do so when Cape Town dam levels reach 85%.

Nevertheless, the city announced a relaxation to Level 5 water restrictions last week (to come into effect 1 October 2018). And that seems to have been a good call as the city’s water levels improved again this week.

Most importantly, perhaps, this could serve as inspiration for every Capetonian and visitor to keep up the momentum, keep saving water. Also, more reason to share the news far and wide.


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

CURRENT CAPE TOWN DAM LEVELS
The combined level of the dams as of 17 September 2018 is 70% full compared to 69.1% the previous week. This is a 0.9% increase.


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

LAST WEEK'S WESTERN CAPE DAM LEVELS
The combined level of the dams as of 10 September 2018 is 60.44% full compared to 58.21% the previous week.

DAM

(10 SEP) % FULL THIS WEEK

% FULL LAST WEEK

% FULL 2017

CAPE TOWN SYSTEM DAMS (COMBINED)

68.90

65.96

36.80

BERG RIVER CATCHMENT

90.12

86.59

47.99

BREEDE RIVER CATCHMENT

54.61

52.11

34.25

GOURITZ RIVER CATCHMENT

19.34

17.97

17.07

OLIFANTS CAPE/DOORN RIVER CATCHMENT

98.36

97.88

39.72

WESTERN CAPE STATE OF DAMS

60.44

58.21

35.21

WHERE WE COME FROM
For over six 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.

Things are looking up. 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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