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Theewaterskloofdam shines as water level pushes 76%

After successfully breaking the three-quarters-full mark on Friday, the Cape Town dams rallied once more to record yet another impressive increase. As it stands, the combined system is now 75.9% full.

The good news has flowed much like the rejuvenated rivers which serve the dams: Five of the main six resources are now over 90% full, but it is the biggest facility of them all that is drawing all the attention.

Theewaterskloof dam was very much the poster child for the day zero fears of 2017 and the first half of 2018. When its levels diminished below the 10% mark, locals feared the worst. However, its bouncebackability knows no bounds. The once-beleaguered reserve now stands at 58% full – a 2% increase from last week.

Berg River managed to jump above the three-figure mark once again, maintaining its excellent ascent to full capacity. Meanwhile, Voelvlei (+3.6%) and Steenbras Lower (+2.1%) record the biggest increases over the last seven days.

The Steenbras Upper facility was the only dam to record a loss this week (-2.9%), but this reservoir is never very far from topping itself up.

Anton Bredell is the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape. He expressed his usual brand of cautious optimism and heralded the significant progress made by the provincial system over the last 12 months.

“Last year at this time the average level was 36%. And we saw hardly any further rainfall last year from October. So that was the level more or less, we had to work with over the summer months of 2018.”

“Looking ahead at the coming summer period, we are in a much better position this time around. That being said, we remain concerned about the Karoo region of the province where the situation remains quite serious.”

Earlier on Monday, level 6B water restrictions were lifted in Cape Town, following the excellent progress made against the drought this year. Residents are now allowed to use 70 litres of water per person, per day.

Article courtesy of SA Good News

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