Cape Town dams water levels

Berg River, 8 July 2018 – (Rudi Brits / @Reenval SA)

Cape Town dams: No rain, no problem as weekly water levels rise again

After a warm week, the dams are still continuing their impressive recovery.

Cape Town dams water levels

Berg River, 8 July 2018 – (Rudi Brits / @Reenval SA)

After a week of dry and warm weather, the Cape Town dams have defied expectations once more, as water levels increased for the seventh week in a row.

It’s an incredible achievement, given that there has been no rain in this period to help the water storage facilities improve on how full they are.

Cape Town dams: Water levels for 9 July

In the last seven days, the dams have been topped up by another 5%. They now stand at a combined average of 53.3%. The most recent midweek update saw the water levels smash the 50% mark, and that momentum is carrying forward for the Mother City.

With consumption down to record lows – and rivers that flow into the dams looking healthier than at any other point in the last year – the city is slowly inching towards safety from the threat of day zero.

It marks an incredible winter for both the Mother City and the Western Cape province, who have effectively pulled themselves back from the brink.

As the city’s main water storage facilities have filled up, those serving areas outside of the municipality have managed to soar above 40%.

Theewaterskloof, Berg River and both Steenbras dams have seen improvement over the last seven days. But their recovery perhaps pales into significance when compared with Clanwilliam’s, in the north of the region.

The water reserve near Citrusdal is pushing 100% capacity. In fact, conditions are so good, the dam even opened its gates over the weekend to allow water to flow back into the rivers it serves. Not bad, to say it was languishing at 6% just two months ago.

Cape Town dams levels
Clanwilliam dam, July 2018 (Supplied)