Cape Town dams

Clanwilliam Dam, September 2018.

Cape Town dams: Large midweek increase takes water levels to 72.7%

Wow! A 2.7% increase in the last three days. That is some going, even by the high standards of the recovering Cape Town dams.

Cape Town dams

Clanwilliam Dam, September 2018.

You know the drill by now: The Cape Town dams have enjoyed another bumper increase, as three days of wet weather has helped the combined water levels jump up to 72.7%.

The dams started the week at 70%, reaching the landmark over the weekend. However, intermittent showers and downpours have seen the facilities kick on to a new level, and they’re edging ever closer to the significant three-quarters-full mark of 75%.

Cape Town dams update for Thursday 20 September:

(City of Cape Town)

Berg River dam – up 3.4% to 100.1%.
Steenbras Lower – up 4.9% to 87.5%.
Steenbras Upper – no change at 95.8%.
Theewaterskloof dam – up 2.4% to 54.9%.
Voelvlei – down 1.5% to 87.2%.
Wemmershoek – up 3.6% to 92.6%.

Cape Town dams latest news

The big story from this midweek update is Berg River. The facility officially broke the 100% mark on Thursday. The dam had struggles just as perilous as Theewaterskloof’s, but has enjoyed a sustained rally to make it all the way to full capacity.

Speaking of TWK, the largest facility servicing Cape Town also had its reasons to be cheerful. A 2.4% increase has the dam at nearly 55% full, with the real prospect of breaking the 60% mark before summer sets in.

Elsewhere, Voelvlei was the only facility to experience a decrease, whereas the upper Steenbras facility experienced no change at all over the last few days.

A week of extremes

We’ve seen a little bit of everything across South Africa this week. Within 24 hours, we had snow flurries up Table Mountain, and there were 12 individual temperature records broken in the east of the country.

The heatwave that has gripped the northeast has been a far cry from the weather experienced in the Western Cape. However, dry and humid temperatures are just around the corner as October approaches. With the threat of El Nino on the horizon, Capetonians must remain vigilant with their water usage.

But still… you can celebrate the little victories.