6 October 2020
The total capacity of dams supplying the Cape Town metro increased from 99,5% to 100,8% between 28 September and 4 October 2020, a 1,3% rise from the previous week.
At the same time last year, dam levels were at 81,9%.
“As the dam levels have topped the 100% mark, the City wants to thank Team Cape Town for the whole-of-society effort. Along with the good rains, we have collectively contributed to the region reaching this historic moment,” says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.
“Together, we can all raise a glass of water to the collective effort that brought us to this point of plenty. After six long years of waiting for good rains, with a period of severe scarcity and rationing, seeing the dams reach this milestone capacity is a triumph for the city.”
Five years ago, just before the Day Zero scare, the City’s water demand management programme was internationally recognised for its success in adapting to climate change, winning the Adaptation Implementation category at the 2015 C40 Cities awards.
According to Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato, the city has in a few short years gone from a potential ‘Day Zero’, to the real prospect of zero water restrictions. He cautioned, however, that visitors and residents should continue to use water sparingly.
For more information, visit the City of Cape Town’s Think Water webpage.