The rainfall and dam levels are good news for the Western Cape
Cape Town dams have passed 90% capacity for the first time in 2020 as consistent rain helps to fill up the City’s water supply.
According to data from the City of Cape Town, dam levels are also improving at 69, 5% of capacity, up from last year at 66% at the same time.
Cape Town is known as having insufficient water but this year the City seems to be improving thanks to recent rains. Cape Town experienced a severe water shortage from mid-2017 to mid-2018 when water levels drift between 15% and 30% of the total dam capacity.
The long-term average and dams are close to full for the first time in such a long time. This will course serious considerations that current water restrictions be further eased following the end of the rainy season.
“However, residents should please keep in mind that the impact of climate change in subsequently years is still uncertain and that this will also be factored into the eventual decision around restrictions,” Limberg said.
Several weather warnings remain in place for the days ahead. Downpours and colder temperatures are likely to help the Cape Town dam levels continue their impressive spell, as South Africa heads into spring.
This is a monumental achievement, given the drought that has been striking the city in the past few years.