Cape Town - Western Cape residents are breathing a collective sigh of relief as most of the major dams in the drought-ravaged province are well over the 50 percent mark, according to data released earlier this week.
After more than a year of stifling drought which saw the City of Cape Town implement Level 6B water restrictions, the recent rainfall in the province has brought dam storage levels up to approximately 50 percent of capacity.
This comes as a welcome relief for the province’s food-producing farms which have been hard hit by the water shortages over the past year.
Last week, torrential rain caused flooding in large parts of Cape Town and people posted pictures of flooded roads and partially submerged cars on social media. This led to speculation that the crippling water restrictions may finally be a thing of the past.
While Cape Town deputy mayor Ian Neilson indicated that the City was of the view that a relaxation of the restrictions was possible, the Department of Water and Sanitation said relaxing water restrictions would be reviewed only when the rainy season is over, or when dam levels reach at least 85%.