The dams that supply Cape Town have only decreased by 0.1 percent over the past week as the storage capacity sits at 52 percent.
The recent rains have helped steady the levels at the dams that supply water to the City of Cape Town. The City has reported that its collective water consumption for the past week has decreased by a staggering 536 million litres per day, and City officials laud the residents for being water-wise.
“Capetonians have done well to remain within the target of 650 million litres of collective usage per day. This will help the City’s dams to recover and to build a solid foundation for a more water-sensitive city in years to come.
“The decline in consumption is testament to the City of Cape Town’s residents’ water-wise behaviour. The City would like to thank residents for their great savings efforts,” the City said on Monday, 18 March 2019.
Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, Anton Bredell, says he is looking forward to winter as the water levels look healthier as compared to 2018’s. He does, however, caution Capetonians not slack in their efforts to conserve water.
“There has been some relief, in some areas more than others, but nowhere enough to allow us to rest on our laurels. Last year the province saw the average dam level for the entire province, drop to around 16 percent before we started getting enough rain to make a real difference,” he said.