The tough summer season has taken its toll on the Cape Town dams and their sister facilities in the Western Cape once again this week. Water levels in the Mother City are now down to 56.89%, whereas the provincial readings are at 45.07%
Despite the losses, Capetonians will be comforted to know that both sets of dams are currently more than double the level they were this time last year, as the region battled with its day zero woes.
The fight is far from over, though. Cape Town is at the mercy of drought, and one underwhelming season of rainfall could push the city right back to square one. The decrease over the last seven days is 1.5%, which is higher than the average. Citizens in the Karoo are still battling with an intense drought, which failed to alleviate despite heavy rains last weekend.
Western Cape and Cape Town dams: Water levels for Monday 11 February
- Theewaterskloof dam – 44.1% (11.7% in February 2018).
- Voëlvlei Dam – 71.5% (17.3% in February 2018).
- Berg River dam – 78.8% (52.3% in February 2018).
- Clanwilliam Dam – 46.3% (13.1% in February 2018).
Western Cape water levels: Karoo still gripped by drought
Anton Bredell is the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape. He says it is imperative that locals continue to be economical with their water usage for the sake of the Cape Town dams, but he holds out hope that “a good season of rainfall” is also on the cards:
“In December Beaufort-West usually gets around 28mm of rainfall and in January months it is around 20mm every year. This past December the town got 0mm in December and 2mm in January. The province remains in the area on a fulltime basis assisting with drought alleviation projects.”
“Overall the Karoo region remains extremely dry but other areas are also seeing dam levels running lower at the beginning of Autumn. We are headed to the winter and we are hopeful on another season of good rainfall in the coming months.”