As the summer continues in the Western Cape, dam levels continue to plummet, prompting urgent warnings to households to conserve water usage.
Cumulatively, the six biggest dams in the province – the Berg River, Steenbras Lower, Steenberg Upper, Theewaterskloof, Voelvlei, and Wemmershoek – are much lower than they were during the same time period last year.
The City of Cape Town released its most recent statistics on Friday, with minimal rain expected in the near future.
The most recent statistics indicate that the six dams account for 66.2% of total storage.
This is a decrease from 67.7% the previous week and 69.7% the week before.
Worryingly, the total number stood at 92.7% a year earlier.
Theewaterskloof, which accounts for more than half of the province’s entire dam capacity (480 188 MI out of a total of 898 221 MI), is at 62.8% of capacity, while Volvlei is at 52.5%.
Residents of the Western Cape do not require a reminder of life during the “Day Zero” water crisis.