Dam storage levels have dipped by 1.1% over the past week, however overall water consumption has remained under 600-million litres per day.

The City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste Services, Xanthea Limberg, says that water restrictions will continue to be enforced.

“Restrictions remain on a fairly strict drought recovery level as a precaution to deal with rainfall uncertainty in 2019 and 2020.”

The city’s overall water usage remains on par with the level 3 restrictions that stipulate the maximum usage is 650-million litres per day.

Locals are currently using 595-million litres of water on average as a whole.

Dam storage levels currently measure at 63.1% – an improvement on the storage level of 28.8% recorded around the same time last year.

The City of Cape Town/ Dam levels 14 January 2018

The City says the reduced water usage is due to the water-wise efforts of locals and the closure of some business during the festive season.

Limberg encourages locals to continue saving water.

“We encourage Cape Town’s water ambassadors to maintain their water-wise approach during the drought recovery phase and as the metro moves towards becoming a more water-sensitive city in the near future. We see 2019 as a recovery year after having successfully emerged from the severe and unprecedented drought.”

The City will continue to maintain a conservative approach to water use as rainfall patterns for the next two years are not yet certain.

Limberg commends business and locals for their efforts in saving water.

“This is not only a period of recovery for our dams, but also for our economy as a whole as well as for our residents and businesses who truly made huge sacrifices to help us get Cape Town through the drought,” she says.

Forecasted rain 

The South African Weather Service report has predicted a 30% chance of rainfall in Cape Town this coming Thursday and Friday.

South African Weather Service


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