Dam levels have risen consistently during the rainy season. The City of Cape Town has marked the current dam levels at 53,9% for 12 July. This is nearly a 6% increase from a reading taken on 2 July, which sat at 48,3%.

The wet weather will continue as the South African Weather Service predicts more rain  for the Mother City. This will bring further relief to the drought crisis the city has faced.

Water restrictions will not be lifted until the provincial dam levels reach 85%.

Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, told News24 that the levels of the Theewaterskloof dam have double to an astounding 38%. Last year, this very same dam’s levels sat at only 18%.

“However, despite the good rains, the department will only review the current water restrictions when the dam levels have reached 85% capacity,” Ratau cautioned.

Although there is an increase in water levels, the City has urged Capetonians to check for leaks if there water bill is too high and keep water consumption at manageable levels.

The R115 water delivery charge implemented from 1 July has placed strain on the wallets of Capetonians.

Although dams may be filling up, the tariffs will not be adjusted until the water restrictions are relieved by the DWS.

 

Weekly dam levels (Supplied: City of Cape Town)
Daily dam levels (Supplied: City of Cape Town)

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Ishani Chetty

Ishani is a vegetarian who is passionate about social issues, the environment and current affairs.