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Dam levels see big increases following recent rains

The average dam level in the Western Cape has increased by more than 6% during the past week. The latest average level for dams across the province stands at 45.4% (2018: 47.2%). The City of Cape Townโ€™s dams continue to see good recovery and are now on average 59.6% full (2018: 53%).
The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, says water continues to flow to dams around the province from various catchment areas following recent rainfall.
โ€œWeโ€™re very happy to see the levels starting to increase dramatically. In the past week the Berg River Dam has seen an increase of more than 10% and the Clanwilliam dam level has increased by more than 15%. The Theewaterskloof Dam โ€“ the biggest in the Western Cape โ€“ increased by 5.5% and is now more than 50% full. Last year at this stage it was still at 38%. Overall we expect dam levels will continue to increase in the coming weeks.โ€


Bredell has urged the public to continue to use water sparingly despite the improved dam levels and good rainfall.
โ€œWe donโ€™t know how much more rain we will get and we donโ€™t know to what extent our dam levels will improve. The resource will always be under pressure and we must become more water conscious on a permanent basis, doing what we can to use our scarce resources more responsibly.โ€ – Media release

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