Cape Town dam levels water

Theewaterskloof dam, October 2019 – Photo: Loanda Pieters / Reenval SA / Twiiter

Cape Town dam levels: Facilities receive major boost from recent rain

A fantastic bit of news for the Cape Town dam levels this week – the first major rainfall for a long time has bulked-up the water reserves.

Cape Town dam levels water

Theewaterskloof dam, October 2019 – Photo: Loanda Pieters / Reenval SA / Twiiter

What a difference a storm makes. The Cape Town dam levels had been at malaise for the past month or so, steadily declining beneath the 80% mark. However, after a rather uneventful period in terms of weather activity, the heavens have opened over the past few days – and it’s good news for locals.

Cape Town dam levels – latest news:

Since last Monday, the combined Cape Town dam levels has shot-up by more than 3%. The major facilities serving the municipality are just a fraction short of 83% – representing their highest levels since the Mother City was plunged into the “day zero” crisis.

Theewaterskloof was a big winner this week, racking-up a 4% increase to sit on 73.8%. Around 18 months ago, this dam wasn’t even 20% full. The Steenbras Lower and Berg River reserves are both at 100% of their capacity. Officially, the Cape Town dam levels are 8% better off than they were at this point last year.

Water crisis in South Africa

It seems a strange old scenario, but dams in the south-west are performing positively while other regions in South Africa face strict challenges. Recently, Stage 2 water restrictions were implemented in Johannesburg, as the Vaal Dam threatened to drop beneath the 50% mark.

Meanwhile, large parts of Tshwane have been severely impacted by a loss of supply since Wednesday, with taps running dry in many communities: Water tankers have been sent to Atteridgeville, Laudium, Claudius, Erasmia, Constantia Park, Waterkloof Heights and Erasmiakloof just to name a few.

Cape Town dam levels for Monday 28 October 2019

Five of the six major municipal dams saw their water levels increase this week. Voelvlei was the exception, losing a fraction of its water. Steenbras Lower is 9.5% better off than last week – Photo: City of Cape Town / Screenshot