An abundance of rainfall has ensured the water supply within Western Cape dams remains at a good level, with it currently sitting at 100%. The news comes after the latest hydrological report was released, with the Klipberg and Keerom dams increasing by over 5% last week, reports IOL.
“Last year, the WCWSS was at 98.2% in the same period. The system is in good health. The Olifants/Doorn catchment is still hovering above 95%, with Clanwilliam Dam and Bulshoek dam both edging towards 100%. The DWS is raising the Clanwilliam Dam wall to augment the capacity of the yield in this region,” says Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson Sputnik Ratau.
The average dam levels across the province are currently sitting at 8.6%, a significant increase from 2020‘s 77.9%
Despite the increase in dam levels, the City of Cape has still urged residents to save water where they can, reports EWN.
James-Brent Styan, the spokesperson for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell, said: “We continue to see all major dams at full capacity. The good rains will also contribute to replenishing the water reservoirs that our small towns rely on during the dryer months. We also want to urge people to continue to use water responsibly even in areas where dams might be full.”