Water Wednesday: Cape Town water usage is 119 million litres above the target

The City of Cape Town has yet again urged residents to continue with their water saving efforts water despite the little rain that it has received over the past months. Collective water usage is 619 million litres per day. This is 119 million litres above the new target of 500 million litres of collective water usage under Level 4b water restrictions. These restrictions were implemented two weeks ago but the city is still struggling to keep usage levels low.

It requires all water users to use less than 87 litres of water per person per day in total, irrespective of whether they are at home, work or elsewhere. The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg said:

“We encourage friends, neighbours, families and colleagues to join efforts and to see how they can brainstorm new ways of saving water to bring water usage down even further to below 87 litres of water in total per person per day, wherever they are. Peer-monitoring could also be a good way to keep motivation levels high.”

Meanwhile Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) at the University of Cape Town has created a tool that measures rainfall from up to 40 years ago.

They developed a rainfall monitor in the form of an online graph that presents this season’s rainfall in the context of long-term conditions.

The rainfall graph of 2016 (the pink line) and 2017 (the orange line) show that the pattern of rainfall is almost identical in progression.

Here is your weekly dam update:

The Vaal River System consisting of 14 dams serving mainly Gauteng, Sasol and Eskom is at 89.5%.

Earlier this week, the Cape Town Dams System remained critical at 25,4% with only 15,4% usable water left. The total dam levels are currently at 24.1%.

Here are the latest dam percentages 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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