Beaufort West’s main water source, the Gamka Dam, is completely dry. Photo: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Mayor Patricia de Lille said the city’s dam levels have declined by 1% over the past week.

This decline, she said, could be attributed to the recent high winds and hot weather, which contributed to evaporation.

“We have managed to halve Cape Town’s water usage with the help of 51% of our water users, who have put tremendous efforts into saving water. We will only get through this crisis together.” 

To make this partnership work even more effectively, De Lille appealed to all water users, especially the 49% who are not saving water yet, to join the City and all water savers in escalating efforts to beat the drought. 

“Your help is vital and we need you to come on board with Team Cape Town,” urged De Lille, who said dam storage levels are at 36,8%, with useable water at 26,8%. 

Collective water usage is 582 million litres, therefore 82 million litres above the required level of 500 million litres per day, she added.

Further afield in the province, Beaufort West had this week reportedly run out of dam water and may soon also run out of borehole water. 

The town’s main water source, the Gamka Dam, is completely dry and is now a scene of dead fish and cracked mud.