While some of us may be singing “rain, rain, go away,” the last few days have been a remarkable time for Cape Town’s dam levels. The City of Cape Town recently confirmed that dam levels have made it past the 100% mark thanks to heavy rains over the past weekend.
Anton Bredell, MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, stated that dams levels are up by 11.1% compared to the previous year (2020).
“The average dam level for dams in the Western Cape has increased to 81.42% (2020: 71.7%). The latest levels for dams providing water to the City of Cape Town, are 101.6% (2020: 90.6%).”
According to the City of Cape Town, prior to 2020, the last time dams were full was in 2014.
Despite the rainy weather and overflowing dams, Bredell has encouraged citizens of the Western Cape to continue their water-saving efforts as it’s a resource that’s always under pressure.
Warm-weather loving Capetonians have had to take out their boots and K-way jackets once again as the cold weather and scattered rainfall is expected to continue throughout the week. Snowfall in various parts of the Western Cape, including Ceres, have seen tons head out on the road to catch a glimpse of the snow.