Historical Dam Levels for the Cape Town Region: 2012—Present The easiest way to see trends and how bad the situation is today is by looking at this graph of the dam levels over time. Find out the innovative ways that Capetonians have. The above system supplies water to Cape town and towns in the Overberg, Boland, West Coast and Swartland areas; as well as providing irrigation water for agriculture. Of course this also depends on water usage and amount of rainwater received by the dams. The water struggle is exacerbated in South Africa certainly by internal migration patterns and higher water usage in many industries due to increased economic output, but the lack of proper planning of the resources and timely responses to changing patterns are seen as the main culprit. If water usage exceeds the maximum limit, heavy fines will apply. The national government in fact rejected the city's plan to increase the allowance from October onwards, as they had insisted that dams need to be filled to 85% before restrictions would be lessened.
The Steenbras Upper dam is nearly overflowing and currently stands at 99. The dams supplying Cape Town with water are about 70% full but now summer has arrived and thus the rains usually slow down in the Western Cape. Despite this major crisis, many people in the city are not changing their behavior fast enough. These reservoirs are in mountains that are part of the Cape Fold Belt, which includes Table Mountain, the mountain that cradles part of the Cape Town metropolis and provides its famous vista. It is a sharp contrast to just two months ago when the land was parched and water levels continued to plummet. Many of the available statements contradict each other even on official government sites which seem to be updated regularly. The average storage across the province on 14 January 2019 is 51.
These include usage of up to 105 litres of municipal water per person per day since 1 Dec 2018 Although most Capetonians continue to save and restrict their water usage, we still have to be mindful about the precious resource. Weekly Dam Levels On this page we will update the water levels of the 6 major dams that supply cape town and the surrounding region. Cape Town Water Crisis: Where can we get water once the taps run dry? Now what can we do to avoid a Day Zero period. Aerators are available at plumblink and builder warehouse, penny pinchers and many other builders' or plumbers' stores. The province is supplied with water by 44 main dams.
Other penalties such as fines or even imprisonment for blatant water wastage are also possible depending on your municipality's stipulations. Other than using water in our homes for cooking, washing and sanitation, water also plays a central role in the economy of the Western Cape. If historical usage trends continue, there is not enough water to get Cape Town through the summer. The decrease is attributed to evaporation because of the hot weather as well as related increase in water usage. It's recommended to liaise with your school's parent association, school governing body or school management for further info.
Watch the video below for related news:. This, as well as unpredictable climate change, has added significant pressure on our water supply. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find proper figures and get answers to many pressing questions from the city's official statements. The red line represents the estimated point at which the taps will be turned off, a. The dam near Franschhoek as reach the level of 100%.
Milton and other suitable detergents are available at your clicks, dischem, pharmacy or other local health store. As of 3 July 2018, dam levels are officially at 50. The day fortunately never arrived… as Capetonians worked together to conserve water, and over the past couple of months the heavens opened — sending rain and snow to fill the dams. If your company plans your transfer to South Africa, please consider that the restrictions will influence your experience. Information on dam storage levels is supplied by the national.
So, we need your help. However, only 60% of business are expected to continue as before, this will certainly impact our economy. One day in February, when reservoir levels hovered at about 25. As advertising revenues across the media decline, we need your help to ensure that we can continue bringing you the reliable and well-written coverage of earth science you know and love. Read more here: and - even then several statements in the doc are not corrected and outdated! You need to send through a motivation why you need a higher quota. Collective in the Cape Town Metro now stand at 52.
Although some voices are heard that international events should be postponed, this would be detrimental to the city's economy, so all event organisers do their utmost to provided self-sufficient water solution, so the city's water reserves are not impacted further. The demand for water has also steadily increased every year due to the province's rapidly growing population and economy. Our goal is not only to inform our readers, but to inform decision makers across the economic and political spectrum about the science of our planet. What transport will they opt to use to and from the Collection Point? Berg River Dam, 30 June 2018. What time of day will they come to the Collection Point? Even though planned, the installation of more alternative water supply has been limited again, as the threat of water shortages seems not to be that urgent anymore. You can keep track of the water storage levels in dams across the province using the map below. The common Cape Town household is calculated to consist of 4 persons.