Steady rainfall helps lift Western Cape dam levels

2016-07-05 13:09
Western Cape dam levels are increasing. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Western Cape dam levels are increasing. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - Two weeks of continued rainfall in the Western Cape have seen a welcome increase in the province’s dam levels, Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell said on Tuesday.

Dams were currently at an average of 42.2% - 20% lower when compared to the same period in 2015.

Last week, they were at an average of 38.09%.

"We’re very happy about the rain, but we still have some way to go for dams to reach more comfortable levels.

"We’re also glad about the snowfall we’ve seen in the province. The snow plays an important role in supplying the system with water once it starts melting," he said in a statement.

Cape Town system dams have increased to 40.2% from last week’s 35.84%; Berg River catchment to 45.18% from 39.58%; Breede River to 36.79% from 33.11%; Gouritz River to 45.3% from 45.24%; and Olifants/Doorn River to 71.09% from 59.19%.

The South African Weather Service has also forecast more rain for July, he said, with good rainfall expected for Cape Town over the next fortnight.

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