Cape Town residents have increased their water consumption in the last week to 529-million litres per day, compared to 505-million litres the previous week. The good news is that dam levels have shown an increase thanks to the good rainfall from the last week.
According to the City of Cape Town, 216mm of rain fell in May, which is much higher than the same time last year. Rain in the catchment areas has increased Western Cape dam levels to a progressive 29,8%.
Good rainfall, paired with water-saving efforts by locals and the City’s pressure management initiatives, is making a huge difference to the water crisis.
Cape Town Deputy Mayor, Ian Neilson said, “We are fortunate in Cape Town to have a strong partnership between water users and the City that will continue to get us through tough times. I would like to thank our residents and the professional, highly skilled officials who have been working incredibly hard to help us navigate the drought.”
“Our pressure management programmes are testament to the skills and dedication on the ground. By creating these zones, which we have been doing for many years, the City is able to adjust water pressure remotely and work more efficiently. We know that sometimes pressure management will lead to some level of discomfort for certain areas or households, but this is a key initiative to ensure that we continue to use as little water as possible and lower our water usage to 450 million litres per day,” Neilson said.