Winter dam increase short-lived

The City of Cape Town says it recorded an increase in dam levels at about 0,5%, although consumption also increased by 6,7%.

It says the collective consumption over the past week was 554 million litres of water per day compared to the 519 million litre consumption of last week.

The City says this places Cape Town 104 million litres above the usage target of 450 million litres per day that the national Department of Water and Sanitation has set as a requirement.

“Although there has been a slight increase in dam levels of 0,5%, to an overall level of 21,4%, as a result of some rainfall and lower evaporation rates,” said deputy mayor Ian Neilson.

“We need to continue to stretch the remaining water in our dams as we simply do not know how much rain we will receive over the winter months.

“From this morning (Monday 14 May), our dams are just 0,1% below our water supply level on the same day last year. This is an incredible achievement of water saving by the people of Cape Town, given that the dam levels at the start of the year were at 31%, compared to 46% last year.

The statement was released before the Western Cape High Court reinstated Patricia de Lille as Mayor of Cape Town on Tuesday 15 May.

Said Neilson: “We do know that the majority of our water users are doing their best to lower usage to 50 litres per day to get to the requirement of 450 million litres, but there may be a bit of complacency creeping in. I would like to call on all Capetonians to remain on course with their savings efforts. As Cape Town has shown the rest of South Africa and the world already, we are capable of meeting challenges head-on and pulling together to do what is required.”

He said from the City’s side, they continue to work 24/7 to help keep Day Zero away.

Neilson said in addition to their internal water-saving efforts and their advanced pressure management programme, which is saving approximately 52 million litres of water per day, the water resilience programme will bring more of their augmentation projects online over the coming months.

“However, we still do not know how much rainfall we are likely to receive over the winter season, so we simply cannot afford to relax our savings efforts,” he warned.

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