Another 1.1% has been shaved off the combined water levels for the Cape Town dams, bring the total to 62.6% full for this week. A double-whammy of dry weather and bush-fires have seen the numbers drop once again.
Blazes in Betty’s Bay and Hermanus have used up a lot of municipal water, yet the drop over the last seven days is barely any different to those recorded during the previous few weeks.
Western Cape and Cape Town dams: Water levels for Monday 14 January
Official levels for the Western Cape’s dams have also decreased by more than 1%. The facilities are a shade over 52%, and are in danger of slipping below the halfway point before January is finished.
However, the situation still looks a damn sight better than it did 12 months ago, at the height of the Cape’s day zero fears. WC dams were only 28% full, whereas the Mother City’s supply was dwindling below 26%.
Anton Bredell is the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape. He says the provincial government has been working nonstop over the past few weeks, to combat the unfortunate string of veld fires.
“We’ve faced some extreme situations over the past few months including the massive fires in the George area late last year. That was followed by the Wupperthal disaster and more recently the ongoing fires in the Overberg district.”
“In addition we’ve been dealing with an ongoing drought in the Karoo. The successes we’ve had to date, can only be lain at the door of the capacity we’ve built up in the Western Cape over the past ten years. When we started out in 2009 we had access to 6 helicopters and two spotter aircraft. We had zero runways to operate from.”
“Today we have access to 30 aircraft including water bombers and 34 runways spread across the entire province. This is an example of the capacity building that is critical to enable a province to tackle the disasters we’ve been dealt.”