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Summary

  • The average water consumption for the past week was 519 million litres per day, which is an increase from last week’s consumption of 505 million litres per day
  • Dam levels have improved slightly more than last week’s recovery, by 1,8,% to 58,8% of storage capacity
  • It has been a dry start to August, far below Cape Town’s long-term rainfall average for this time of year
  • Water restrictions and associated tariffs remain in place to help protect Cape Town’s dams and water services

It has been a dry start to August with some areas receiving just a quarter, or at most a third, of the long-term average rainfall for those areas.

This has slowed down the rapid recovery of Cape Town’s dams which was experienced at the start of winter.

‘Over the past few weeks, rainfall has been below average and this has drastically slowed down the recovery of the dams supplying water to Cape Town.

‘We are in a much strengthened position currently with consumption continuing to hover near the 500 million litre mark, as opposed to this time last year where we were consuming 608 million litres per day. In addition, dam levels this time last year were at 31,9% of storage capacity. However, we need to ensure that we all continue our water-saving efforts, especially in light of the low rainfall received over the last few weeks. We need to protect the water in our dams and ensure that we continue to build a buffer for the hot summer months ahead.

‘Water restrictions and the associated tariffs are also helping to preserve the water that we have in our dams. Until the National Department of Water and Sanitation deems it safe to begin a stepped reduction of the current water restriction levels, restrictions and the associated tariffs will remain in place. We thank all of our residents for their ongoing support and, as a City, we will continue with our advanced pressure management programme to keep water usage as low as possible,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.

Rainfall for August 2018 recorded at various stations:

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