The Water and Sanitation Department in the Western Cape is elated that dam levels in the province are almost reaching the 100% capacity mark.
The latest hydrological report revealed that the Werstern Cape water supply system is sitting at just over 96% full.
The Theewaterskloof dam, which is the largest in the province is nearly overflowing at 95,5%.
DWS national spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said that these figures were likely to increase as the run-off from Monday’s downpours and possibly more rain this week made its way to dams.
Ratau, however cautioned residents to remain water wise, despite water levels looking good in the province.
The increasing dam levels over recent weeks has generated questions from Cape Town residents about water tariffs.
The City of Cape Town says at the moment tariffs are on Level 1 and much lower than during the peak of the drought.
“On Level 1 tariffs, the second lowest tariff level, residents pay less than 2 cents per litre of water in the first step of the tariff (i.e. for the first 6 000 litres used) versus an average of R10 for a litre of bottled shop water,” the City said.
Adding that “The City will need to consider whether to move to the lowest tariff, being the no-restriction, water-wise tariff, over the coming months. Importantly, that decision is based on how much water is likely to be sold so that water services can still be paid for, rather than how much water is in the dams.”
The City is set to review the status of dam and water restriction levels following the conclusion of the hydrological year (end October).