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BREAKING: Cape Town Dam Levels Breakthrough 75% (MIDWEEK UPDATE)

Published by capetownmagazine.com on 1 August 2019

Cape Town remains a global example of being water conscious.

Not only are we on the highest dam levels of the last five years, we just broke through the 75% storage mark for current Cape Town dam levels.

Mayor Alderman Dan Plato stated yesterday: “As a result of these levels, we will be looking at relaxing tariffs in October/November to provide some additional relief to our residents.” (source Politicsweb)

WEEKLY REPORT MONDAY 29 JULY
Due to good rains and good water conscious behaviour by the citizens and business in Cape Town, the dam levels are looking better than last year.

Dam levels in the Western Cape have increased significantly following good rainfall recently. Our largest dam, Theewaterskloof, climbed 8.6% in the past week, to reach 61.7%.

The latest average level for dams across the Western Cape is 56.6% (2018: 50.5%). The City of Cape Town’s dams reached 72% full (2018: 56.4%). 

Anton Bredell, the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, says “Four of the five major catchment areas now see dam levels in excess of 50% full. The ongoing problem area is the Gouritz River Catchment area which feeds a big part of the interior Karoo region. We remain concerned regarding the ongoing drought challenge particularly to the agriculture sector in this region.”

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