1 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) would like to update citizens on the latest water situation in the Western Cape. Today‘s hydrological report indicates that the average combined levels of the Western Cape Water Supply System dams are at 76.26%, a marked decrease from 98.11% over last year’s comparative period.
2 DWS Western Cape Provincial Chief Ntombizanele Bila-Mupariwa says the Western Cape has received below normal rainfall in the last four months and as such stockpiles at dams are a concern compared to the last two years.
3 The West Coast District Municipality has experienced a sharp decline in dam levels compared to the same period last year.
4 For example, the current level of Clanwilliam Dam is 58.08%, a significant decrease from 99.63% last year.
5 Currently, Theewaterskloof, the largest dam in the Western Cape, is at 76.76%, compared to 101% this time last year.
6 “Even though the dam levels are low compared to the previous two years, there is no need to panic yet as we are still in a rainy season,” says Bila-Mupariwa.
7 The South African Meteorological Services as well as private weather forecasting models have indicated that the Western Cape Water Supply System will receive most of its rainfall in the second half, August to October, of the hydrological year.
8 While this is the case, water users are reminded that climate change has made rainfall patterns unpredictable.
9 DWS will make a statement at the end of the hydrological year, in November.
10 All water users, especially high-level users, are urged to use water responsibly.