Increasing dam levels do not mean the drought is over. Cape Town is still not out of the current drought period and water restrictions remain in place even though dam levels are increasing slowly.
Cape Town’s collective water consumption decreased by 15 million litres per day for the past week, to 555 million litres per day. This an encouraging response to the City urging continued restraint, despite recent rains. For this we are appreciative.
Further rains this past week have seen dam levels recover to 59,8% of storage capacity; however, we are not yet in a position where we can safely relax.
‘Although the metro dam levels are slowly increasing, we are still in a period of recovery. This precious resource has to see us through the next summer until the following winter and hopefully some better rainfall,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Councillor Xanthea Limberg.
Residents are encouraged to continue using water sparingly and to remain water wise.
Pic. A groundwater recharge pond at the Witsands Aquifer Nature Reserve
The City would like to thank all water warriors who constantly strive to reduce their consumption and save this precious resource.
Water restrictions remain in place to aid dam recovery.
Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information and Frequently Asked Questions.