Dam levels in Western Cape down to 18 percent

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A narrow body of water that is the Theewaterskloof Dam. The dam has less than 20% of it's water capacity and is situated near Villiersdorp, about 108km from Cape Town.

CAPE TOWN – Dam levels in the drought-stricken Western Cape have dropped to 18 percent, local government, environmental affairs and planning MEC Anton Bredell said on Monday.

“According to the latest data available, most major dams in the Western Cape, including the Volvlei dam (currently 14.7 percent full), the Theewaterskloof dam (13.4 percent full) and the Clanwilliam Dam (6 percent) are struggling,” Bredell said.

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He stressed that the drought in the province, which was declared a regional disaster last week, remained of serious concern.

Bredell cautioned the public to continue to use water sparingly when it does start to rain, as forecast, over the next few weeks.

“We must ensure that dam levels recover, so when it starts to rain, consumers should not revert back to using water wastefully…We must ensure incisive behaviour change regarding the management of water moving forward,” he said.

The City of Cape Town last week issued new water restrictions, limiting each resident to 100 litres a day.