Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Dam levels best since a decade ago, says Local Government MEC

The average dam levels in the Western Cape have increased to 77.9%

The Western Cape’s Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC, Anton Bredell, says the latest dam levels are the best levels in a decade.

“These are the best levels we have seen for this time of the year since 2013/14 and in some areas the best levels we have seen in a decade. We continue to monitor and support where possible the regions where sufficient rainfall has not yet fallen. This is largely within the Karoo regions of the province,’’ says Bredell.

The total capacity of dams supplying the Cape Town metro increased by 0,4% to 98,1%. Daily water consumption for the same period in the metro increased to 756 million litres per day, compared to 726 million litres the week before.

The City’s Mayco member for water and sanitation, Xanthea Limberg says albeit there is no water crisis in the metro, water tariffs will not be lowered, at this stage

‘’As dam levels have been increasing following substantial rainfall recently, some residents might be questioning whether water tariffs can be lowered. It is important to keep in mind that the amount of water in our dams, which we share with several other municipalities, does not directly influence the cost of delivering the overall water and sanitation service.’’

 


Done By: Mitchum George

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