Dam levels jump after heavy rains

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Cape Town – The combined average dam level for the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS) is at 31.51% as compared to 20.97% at the same time last year, according to the latest dam level assessments of 11 June 2018.

The dams improved with last week’s rain, bringing much-needed relief to the Western Cape. The increased inflow into the rivers was sufficient to lead to significant inflows into the dams, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said.

DWS Western Cape Regional Head Rashid Khan said there was a noticeable turnaround in the province, however much more rain was required to significantly increase the dam levels.

“We urge water users, domestic and industries to continue using water sparingly,” said Khan.

Level 6B water restrictions have been in effect from 1 February 2018. This limits water usage to 50 litres per person per day.

DWS said they will only consider reducing water restrictions after the Province has experienced enough rain.

Theewaterskloof, one of the largest dams supplying Cape Town and surrounding municipalities is at 20.89%. Misverstand is at 107.79. Voevlei has recovered to 25.53% from 22.04 last week. The Clanwilliam dam on the West Coast is also showing an improvement from 14.29 last week to 20.41% this week.

“The Western Cape receives its water primarily in winter and with the dams filling earlier, there is hope that the dams will recharge faster,” DWS said in a statement.

“As DWS we commend those water users that are harvesting rainfall on a continual basis and encourage those that are not harvesting rainfall to do so during this rainfall season.”

Here are some easy water-saving tips:

  • Only flush the toilet everywhere when necessary.
  • Flush with greywater only (laundry, bath and shower water) or with rain, borehole or well-point water.
  • Take very short, stop-start showers. Wet your body. Turn off the tap. Soap. Rinse quickly.
  • Use waterless hand sanitiser instead of washing your hands.
  • Place a container in every sink, basin, bath and shower to capture all water for re-use.
  • Find and fix leaks on your property.
  • Wait for a full load before running washing machines and dishwashers.

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