Water Wednesday: City of Cape Town calls for ease in water restrictions after dams reach 60%

Sputnik Ratau from the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said that according to the dam levels assessment report of 27 August 2018, the dam levels of the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS) have reached 61.94%. This is a notable increase from last week’s 59.78%. The Theewateskloof Dam, which is the largest dam, has reached 45.27%.

Ratau further said that “We are excited that the Western Cape is receiving the much-needed rains to recharge the dam levels; given the fact that we are fast approaching the end of the hydrological cycle.”

Cape Town deputy mayor Ian Neilson said in a statement that they asked the department last Friday to lift some of the water restrictions after dam levels rose to 60.1%

The department responded: “Whilst the recent rains will bring some stability to the dams, the drought conditions still persist, and there is still a need to continue water conservation initiatives. DWS remains concerned about the water security of the Klein Karoo Region which covers the Oudtshoorn areas. The Council of Greater Oudtshoorn has declared a local state of disaster due to critical water shortages.”

The department said that reports suggested that the rain on 26 August had led to localized flooding in Cape Town’s low lying areas. “Residents are urged to exercise due care when crossing rivers and other water systems. Water users are reminded that there are still water restrictions in place across the municipalities in the Western Cape. Water restrictions will be lifted once the dam levels reach 85%,” said the department in a statement.

 

Here is your weekly dam update:

  • The Vaal River System consisting of 14 dams serving mainly Gauteng Sasol and Eskom is at 93.7%.
  • The Cape Town Dams System consisting of six dams serving mainly City of Cape Town this week is at 62%.

Here are the latest dam percentages throughout the country:

 

For a more in-depth rainfall update, visit WeatherSA or click here. For more information on the water storage levels across the country, visit the DWS site. For a comprehensive drought status report from the Department of Water and Sanitation, click here.

 

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