Tuesday, January 12, 2021

''January dam levels are the best it has been for many years'', says MEC

The latest average dam levels in the Western Cape is 69.3%, compared to 71% the previous week. The total capacity of dams supplying the City of Cape Town decreased by approximately 1,7% in the last week, from 90,7% the previous week to 89,1%. At the same time last year, dam levels in the Cape Town metro were at 73,5%.

Daily water consumption for the same period increased to 793 million litres per day, compared to 754 million litres the week before.

The Western Cape’s Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC, Anton Bredell, says the January numbers are the best it has been for many years.

“For the largest parts of the Western Cape, we are better off as we head into the new year than we have been in years before. However, sections of the Central Karoo continues to experience an unrelenting and harsh drought. The Gouritz River Catchment area that serves the region with water sees average dam levels of 23%, the lowest in the province.”

Bredell has called on consumers to continue using water sparingly.

“We want to thank the public for their ongoing efforts over the past year to use water responsibly, However, we should not ease up on our water savings efforts even in regions where the drought is broken. Optimization of our scarce resources remains critical in a province and a country that is largely semi-arid.”

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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