Good rain has fallen in the province in recent weeks, but consumers will not feel the relief on their wallets.
Anton Bredell, the Western Cape MEC for environmental affairs and development planning, said this week, although dams are on the rise, the drought is not over yet. “The province is getting winter rain, so the wet weather is not unexpected. The problem is the backlog of the last three dry years that the system is still under pressure, “said the minister’s statement.
Bredell called on residents in the province to continue to work with water and save where possible.
This week, the Western Cape dams were 31.54% full of Monday, June 12, 25.88%. The dams last year were only 21.27% full.
The Voëlvlei Dam, which supplies water to the West Coast region, was 31.46% full compared to only 25.53% in 2017.
In addition, the Berg River Dam was 61.75% full, with 32.66% full last June.
Between Friday 15 June and Wednesday 20 June, a solid about 31 mm rain in Shelley Point dropped out while 4 mm was measured in Langebaan on Tuesday night.
Aletta Ellis – Weslander