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Western Cape latest dam levels: Down since last week

Do what you can to save water, folks!

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Despite a flurry of rains early last week, the overall average levels of the Western Cape dams have dipped slightly.

For the week starting 27 November, dam levels were at 34% compared to 56% in 2016..

Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, says Provincial Treasury has made some budget allocations to the Department to assist with ongoing drought management.

“The department of Local Government has received an additional R95 million in the recent budget adjustments. This money will be used for drought relief and water supply projects, amongst other interventions.”

Bredell said that R25 million will be used to provide additional drought relief and R55 million will go towards water augmentation initiatives, including boreholes in drought-affected areas of the province.

“Various areas across the province remain in a dire state. These include Beaufort-West and Kannaland, the City of Cape Town, Bitou and Knysna. In addition, the Matzikama region on the West Coast has become a serious problem, with the agriculture sector particularly hard hit.”

Premier Helen Zille says the provincial government is working hard to help municipalities secure their water supply.

“The Provincial Government has completed the equipping of boreholes in Beaufort West, with supply projects in Kynsna and Kannaland expected to reach completion by the end of January.

Following my visit to the Provincial Disaster management centre last week, I am confident we have the best people on the job.

All residents are required to continue to save water if we are to avoid the taps running dry,” said Premier Zille.

Theewaterskloof is currently at 23% (2016: 47%); Voëlvlei Dam is at 27% (2016: 64%) and Clanwilliam Dam 33% (2016: 89%). Brandvlei Dam is 30% (2016: 52%).

For context, this is where the Western Cape’s dam levels were at last week.

western cape latest dam levelsDepending on who you ask, ‘Day Zero’ will either arrive late April or early May.  Rain is unlikely to boost the dam levels, so it’s up to residents to do what they can to save water.