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Western Cape dam levels reach highest levels in 4 years

The average water levels for dams across the Western Cape province is now at just over 61% of their capacity, which is the fullest they have been since 2015 when levels reached more than 70%.

The threat of Day Zero is now a distant memory, with news that dams in the province have reached their highest levels in four years.

“Some major dams are already 100% full, while others like Clanwilliam Dam on the west coast have reported a second weekly increase of above 20% for the past week,” said Anton Bredell, MEC for local government, environmental affairs and development planning, on Monday.

“Two years ago, on August 7 2017, the average dam level for the province was 28%. The Theewaterskloof Dam at that stage was only 22% full. Currently that dam is more than three times that level, at 66.5%,” said Bredell.

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However, Bredell warned that the water-saving measures adopted by Capetonians during the recent drought crisis should still be maintained. “The resource will always be under pressure and we need to continue with the good practices we have seen,” he said.

More: Times Live


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