Water Wednesday: Government appeals to water users in the Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape experienced rains in many areas last week, yet these have not had a significant influence on the Eastern Cape dam levels.

The Department of Water and Sanitation has asked water users to continue saving water and adhere to water restrictions where applicable. Despite the recent rainfall in the province, the dam levels are still under pressure and the effects of drought continue in different municipalities. Drought poses a major threat to food and water security in the area.

In the report released by the Department of Water and Sanitation last week, dam levels indicate that the total storage of water in Eastern Cape is at 56.1%. This is still below the 66.4% it was at last year.

Meanwhile The City of Cape Town also continued its efforts to save water and restrict water use.

They announced that due to the drought crisis, more water restrictions should be expected.

The City released a statement saying that it is preparing for its next installations of water management devices at properties with excessively high water usage across the metro. There are excessive water users in all suburbs of Cape Town. The City reminded all consumers to adjust the water-isolating valves (stopcocks) on their properties to reduce the flow rate and save water immediately.

Dam storage levels on 21 August were at 32.5%, which means useable water was at 22.5%. Collective consumption is 629 million litres per day, which is 129 million above the target of 500 million litres per day needed to build reserves for the expected harsh summer ahead.

Here is your weekly dam update:

The Vaal River System consisting of 14 dams serving mainly Gauteng Sasol and Eskom is at 88%.

The Cape Town Dams System consisting of six dams serving mainly City of Cape Town this week decreased to 31%.

Here are latest dam percentages from different provinces throughout the country:


For a more in depth rainfall update, visit WeatherSA or click here. For more information on the water storage levels across the country, visit the DWS site. For a comprehensive drought status report from the Department of Water and Sanitation, click here.


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