There’s always a silver lining even in the darkest of storms, and the recent rainfall despite being described as disruptive, has at least impacted our dam levels positively here in the Cape.
The increase saw Cape Town dam levels sitting at 69.1% – a slight, but welcomed increase from 64.3% storage last week as the City of Cape Town recorded.
Multiple dams of variant sizes form part of the Western Cape Water Supply System, and so jumps in storage increases, especially for the bigger water bodies, are always a good sign for our overall water network from 17 June’s data.
Two dams we’re particularly proud of are Theewaterskloof – a major dam that saw a jump to 70.8% storage from 66.8% last week. Steenbras Lower also deserves some love, as the smaller water body saw a strikingly healthy increase from 59.9% last week to 75.7% a week later.
Given our recent history with drought and water scarcity, comparing our levels to last year this time when the overall capacity sat at 75.1% can insight an itch of nerves for some Capetonians.
And of course, we’d love to get back to having our dam levels at 100.5% as was the case in October last year thanks to the Karoo thundershowers season.
Nonetheless, we’re proud to have seen a positive impact from the rain, and to be reminded that the best time to save water is when there is water to save, as the City reminds us all.