Cape Town dam levels decline by 0.7%

Captetonians queue at the Newlands spring for water. Picture: ANA

Captetonians queue at the Newlands spring for water. Picture: ANA

The city has relaxed steep water consumption restrictions put in place last year amid fears of Day Zero.

Dams that supply Cape Town have declined by 0.7% over the past week to 48.4% of storage capacity, although this is still more than double the levels recorded over the same period last year, the city council has said.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the council said Cape Town’s collective water consumption for the past week declined by 27 million litres to 582 million litres per day of collective consumption.

The city has relaxed steep water consumption restrictions put in place last year amid fears that it could run out of water for consumption due to drought.

“According to our records, dams were at 20.9% of storage capacity at the same time in 2018 and at 24.5% of storage capacity in 2017,” it said on Tuesday.

“Although we are in a much [better] position now due to higher dam levels and reduced demand compared to 2017 levels, we encourage residents to continue to use water wisely,” it said, adding that “Level 3” restrictions were still in place to aid dam recovery.

– African News Agency

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