Dams that supply Cape Town now up to 42% full

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The sustained winter rainfall has seen dam levels in the Western Cape continue to rise.

The average level for dams across the Western Cape for the week starting on Monday was 36.3%‚ compared to 22.8% for the same period last year.

Last week at this time the level was 31.5%. The dams feeding the City of Cape Town are now at 42.7%‚ compared to 24.2% in 2017.

This represents a rise of about 4.5 percentage points over the past week.

Dam levels to June 24

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However‚ Western Cape minister of Local Government‚ Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell urged the public not to be complacent when it comes to water usage. “The drought is not over and the dams are still quite low‚ despite the very welcome relief and continued increases. We must continue to adhere to water restrictions and reduce water demand.

“The lower water usage patterns we’ve been seeing over the past year must be the new normal. Permanent behaviour change that is geared towards sustainable use of our limited resources must become the new norm‚” he said.

Rainfall and dam capacity levels to June 24

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