WC dam levels improve slightly

12:31 (GMT+2) Mon, 17 Jul 2017

The Western Cape Provincial Government said that the average water level for dams across the province increased slightly and was currently at 25.1%.

In a statement on Monday, the Department of Local Government said that the average dam levels as at 29 May was 17.6% across the Western Cape.

“In 2016 at the corresponding period, the average level was 46%”.

Local Government Minister, Anton Bredell, said that despite the improvement in dam levels, “the drought remains across the entire province”.

“The latest data does not reflect the weekend’s rainfall and it was pleasing to note reported rainfall measurements of up to 50mm in some areas in the Western Cape,” he said.

“This, in addition to good snowfall, should have a good impact on dam levels, however we are still a long way from where we need to be,” he said.

Bredell said that the hope was still to see dam levels recover to levels of 75% on average by October.

“We are still in our rainfall period and forecasts of rain remain in place. The question remains, how much more rain will we get and will it fall in the catchment areas?”

Bredell also reminded the public to use water sparingly, even when it does rain.

“We must ensure that dam levels recover, so when it starts to rain, consumers should not revert back to using water wastefully.”