The dam levels in the Western Cape have increased slightly in the wake of the rains that fell in the province last week.

The City of Cape Town’s weekly water dashboard reveals that the total capacity of the dams that supply the metro increased by 0.6 percent from 98.2 percent to 98.8 percent between November 2 and 8.

“Water consumption for the same period increased by 25 million litres per day from an average of 709 million litres per day the previous week to 734 million litres per day,” said the City. “At the same time last year, dam levels were at 81,9%.”

Weekly Levels

Berg River is the fullest dam at 101.2%, followed by Theewaterskloof at 99.8 and Wemmershoek at 99.6%. As of Thursday, November 12 the major dams are storing 894 267 million litres in total, which is a capacity of 99.6 percent.

Here is the reading for the week November 9,  2020.

Major dams November 9 Previous week % 2019
Berg River 101.2 99.7 100.0
Steenbras Lower 96.9 94.1 98.8
Steenbras Upper 93.5 83.5 92.8
Theewaterskloof 99.8 100.0 75.3
Voëlvlei 95.2 96.2 90.0
Wemmershoek 99.6 95.7 94.7
Total Stored Ml 887 626 881 878 757 290
% Storage 98.8 98.2 84.3


More rain is on the cards to the Cape this weekend, which could boost numbers even more. Saturday [November 14] will see a high of 17°C and a low of 12°C, and scattered showers.

Picture: Facebook/City of Cape Town

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