Things are starting to look up for Capetonians as water levels are looking positive for the drought-stricken city. Cape Town Magazine has reported that the recent winter rains came down strong and have increased the combined dam levels to 48,3%, which shows a 5% difference from the percentage in 2015. The residents of Cape Town have taken on the challenge to save water by not taking baths, shortening showers, not flushing with potable water, becoming more conscious of when to wash clothes and to close taps when not in use.
These restrictions came into effect when the city started counting down to Day Zero. Although things are starting to look promising, residents are still encouraged to continue to save water. The City of Cape Town and the national Department of Water and Sanitation measures dam levels to check how much water is available for the region and whether water restrictions are necessary for residents and businesses.
The dams in and around Cape Town form part of the Western Cape Water Supply System, which is an integrated and collectively managed system of dams, pump stations, pipelines and tunnels. In addition to servicing Cape Town, the system supplies water to towns in the Overberg, Boland, West Coast and Swartland areas, and provides irrigation water for agriculture. Click here to see the detailed water levels. – Ntswaki Motaung, AgriOrbit