Four out of five major dams that supply Cape Town with fresh water are lower than they were this time last year. Of which the largest two, Theewaterskloof and Voelvlei dams are considerably lower, more than 11% and 16% respectively.
|Dam||River||Last Year||Last Week||This Week|
|Berg River dam||Berg River||100.1||82.2||83.1|
|Steenbras Dam-Lower||Steenbras River||56.9||61.6||60.8|
|Steenbras Dam-Upper||Steenbras River||91.8||89.5||91|
|Voelvlei Dam||Voelvlei River||93.4||77||77.7|
Unless these dams are able to rise significantly the City of Cape Town will most likely impose drastic water restrictions. Water restrictions will most likely include irrigation restrictions and carwash limitations.
A fact to remember is that should the City of Cape Town impose water restrictions in a means to conserve water supplies, water tariffs will surely skyrocket just as electricity tariffs have reached new highs.