Water Wednesday: Cape Town water consumption drops and dam update

Cape Town dam levels have declined to 24.1 percent (storage levels), which is one percent down from a week ago. With the last 10 percent of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 14 percent. Consumption over the past week is 685 million litres per day, which is 15 million litres under the collective usage target of 700 million litres per day.

Although it has been encouraging that the collective water consumption has dropped below the target for the first time since the water restrictions were implemented, the City of Cape Town has still warned citizens to keep saving water.

“Although we thank those consumers who continue to save water, we run the very real risk of consumers making a decision to use more water, especially with the bit of rain that we’ve had recently,” said the City of Cape Town in a statement.

This week is Imbizo Week where the Department or Water and Sanitation will be engaging with communities around the country and finding out their water needs.

Here is your weekly dam update:

The Vaal River System consisting of 14 dams serving mainly Gauteng Sasol and Eskom is at 95.8 from last week’s 91.9.

The Cape Town Dams System consisting of six dams serving mainly City of Cape Town this week increased by 1 percent to 24.1 percent from last week’s 23 percent.

Here are the latest dam percentages throughout the country:

For a more in depth rainfall update, visit WeatherSA or click here. For more information on the water storage levels across the country, visit the DWS site. For a comprehensive drought status report from the Department of Water and Sanitation, click here.


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