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Western Cape dam levels still increasing

The municipality of Cape Town said that the decision to relax water restrictions and tariffs in and around the mother city will be made by national government. This was after it was announced on Wednesday 4 July 2018 that the combined average dam levels in the Western Cape reached a three year high.

According to authorities, the six dams that feed the Cape Metropole now have a combined average level of more than 42%, compared to 25% for the same period in 2017, while the Western Cape dam levels are at an average of 50%. This after a number of cold fronts brought much needed rain to the province.

The six dams that feed the Cape Metropole with water are as follow:
The percentage in brackets represent the corresponding week for 2017.
Upper Steenbras Dam at 101.4% (63.1%), Lower Steenbras Dam at 54.1% (29.9%), The Berg River Dam at 80.3% (36.9%), Voelvlei Dam at 44.6% (19.9%0, the Wemmershoek Dam at 80.8% (36.8%), and the Theewaterskloof Dam at 36.8% (19.4%).

Rainfall figures received for the past week are as follow:
Ceres - 262 mm, Kirstenbosch and Stellenbosch - 209 mm, Paarl - 165 mm, Wellington - 141 mm, and Cape Town 134mm.

Source: City Of Cape Town


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