CAPE TOWN - Dams in the Western Cape have shown a steady increase over the last few weeks since winter started in earnest, the department of water and sanitation (DWS) said on Monday.
“Although the rainfall started late, there has been constant inflows into the dams on the far western and north-western boundaries of the province.
"Most state-owned dams in the Western Cape are currently on average 64.55 percent full, which is a 12% increase on last year," said DWS spokesperson Sputnik Ratau.
The Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS), which comprises of the six largest dams, has recorded a remarkable improvement as it has reached 80% capacity, compared to 58.44% at the same time last year.
Ratau said the department was, however, still concerned about the very slow recovery of dam levels in the Breede-Gouritz water management area.