Capetonians welcome heavy rains

New Eisleben Road in Philippi flooded after Sunday night into Monday morning rainfall. PHOTO: Ayanda Ndamane / African News Agency (ANA)

New Eisleben Road in Philippi flooded after Sunday night into Monday morning rainfall. PHOTO: Ayanda Ndamane / African News Agency (ANA)

The city reminds residents that Level 3 water restrictions are still in place.

Cape Town breathed a sigh of welcome relief following heavy rainfall overnight on Sunday into Monday morning.

According to the City of Cape Town, the five dams that supply the city have declined by 1.1% over the past week to 52.2% of storage capacity, although this did not take into account the latest rainfall.

The overall storage capacity was, however, still a marked improvement over the situation last year which saw dam levels at only 24% of storage capacity.

In a statement, the city said Cape Town’s collective water consumption for the past week dropped to 605 million litres per day.

“The decline in consumption is testament to our residents’ water-wise behaviour and great savings efforts. Capetonians have done well to remain within the target of 650 million litres of collective usage per day. This will help the city’s dams to recover and build a solid foundation for a more water-sensitive city in years to come.”

The city reminded residents that Level 3 water restrictions were still in place which included among others, daily usage of 105 litres per person per day in total.

“Washing of vehicles, trailers, caravans, and boats with municipal drinking water is only allowed if using a bucket. Washing with non-drinking water or cleaning with waterless products or dry steam-cleaning processes is strongly encouraged,” the city said.

The city’s Public Awareness and Preparedness spokesperson, Charlotte Powell, said there were no major flood incidents reported to the Disaster Operations Centre around the Metropole.

– African News Agency

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