Cape Town dam levels water

Heavy rain, hail and snowfall in the Western Cape this winter – particularly in recent weeks – has seen official dam levels in the province jump to in excess of 100% of capacity. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency(ANA)

Melted snow, hail and heavy rain sees Cape Town dams hit 100%+ of capacity

Heavy rain, hail and snowfall in the Western Cape this winter – particularly in recent weeks – has seen official dam levels in the province jump to in excess of 100% of capacity.

Cape Town dam levels water

Heavy rain, hail and snowfall in the Western Cape this winter – particularly in recent weeks – has seen official dam levels in the province jump to in excess of 100% of capacity. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency(ANA)

The heavy rain, hail and snowfall in the Western Cape this winter, particularly in recent weeks, has seen official dam levels in the province jump to in excess of 100% of capacity.

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Snow in the region since last Friday has found its way into the six major dams, namely the Berg River, Steenbras Lower, Steenberg Upper, Theewaterskloof, Voelvlei and Wemmershoek.

The City of Cape Town uploaded its latest stats on Tuesday as rain continued to fall over the province – with more forecast for the coming week.

The latest figures show the six dams are a combined 101.8% of total storage.

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Theewaterskloof, which accounts for more than 50% of the province’s total dam capacity (480 188 MI of a total of 898 221 MI) is at 104.3% of capacity, while the Berg River, Steenbras Lower and Wemmershoek are also overflowing.

Twelve months ago the combined storage of the same dams was 90.3%.

While the Western Cape appears – touch wood – to have averted a Day Zero water crisis, sadly for the rest of the country the picture isn’t as wet.

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