Dam levels rise, restrictions to stay

2018-06-21 06:01
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The start of the winter has been met with some good rains and resulted in a steady increase in dam levels.

The City of Cape Town, however, says it is still too early to let up on water saving.

Dam levels have again increased solidly by 6,3% to a total of 38,1% of storage capacity. This increase is the biggest single weekly increase this year.

“The good rainfall we have received over the past four weeks has increased our dams’ storage to the same levels they were at towards the end of winter of 2017,” said deputy mayor Ian Neilson.

“While this is good news, it is too soon to know what supply level is needed to safely navigate the summer of 2019. It is therefore critical that we continue to keep our consumption low.”

The City’s collective water usage last week, as measured on Monday 18 June, stood at 520 million litres of water per day, still far above the target of 400 million litres per day.

“[We] urge all residents to keep on saving even if it is raining,” Neilson implored.

“National government’s restrictions on abstractions from the dams remains in effect.

“The innovation on water-saving consumption that we’ve seen from residents, businesses and local government has been quite phenomenal, [but] we ask them to keep up with this effort until the dams reach assured levels of supply.”

Advanced pressure management across the metro, to ensure consumption remains low, continues.

“An assessment of our overall water situation will be done at the end of the winter rainfall season to determine whether restrictions can be adjusted,” Neilson said.

“At this stage, the new normal of enhanced water conservation remains business-as-usual, as we cannot predict what the rest of the winter season will bring.”

Visit the City’s website at www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information.

For queries, or to report any contraventions, email water@capetown.gov.za or call 0860 103 089. Or, send a WhatsApp to 063 407 3699 or SMS 31373 (max 160 characters).

Residents must insist on a reference number when logging a service request and to keep this number on hand to expedite requests.

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