The water levels of dams supplying Cape Town have spiked to 74% following steady rains over the past week.
Western Cape Local Government Minister, Anton Bredell, says dams were at 52% this time last year. He says the province’s largest dam Theewaterskloof, near Grabouw, currently has a capacity of 80% which is a 6% rise since last week.
The Voëlvlei Dam near Saron is at 60%, the Bergriver Dam at 83% while the Garden Route Dam near George is 100% full.
Bredell says the Clanwilliam Dam on the West Coast currently stands at 16%.
Mandela Bay faces severe drought
Meanwhile, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro continues to make an urgent plea to communities to save water to prevent water outages in the region.
This as the Metro is experiencing a severe drought with its major storage dams having dropped to the lowest levels of all time, threatening dry taps for an estimated 1.3 million people.
And with “Day-Zero” fast approaching, it is estimated that some areas such as KwaNobuhle and St. Albans could be without water by July, with other areas to soon follow by August and September if rains do not fall within this period.
Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Nqaba Bhanga addresses water issues in the metro: