Water Restrictions Western Cape

Water Restrictions in the Western Cape

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How will it affect you?

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With all its beauty and splendour, the gorgeous Western Cape has experienced concerningly low rainfall and is currently under restricted water usage.

LATEST WESTERN CAPE DAM LEVELS - 29 MAY 2017: 9.7% Drinkable Water

The Western Cape currently faces a serious drought due to poor rainfall during our 2016 winter season. The demand for water has also steadily increased every year due to the province's rapidly growing population and economy. 

Residents and visitors must reduce water consumption in accordance with the water restrictions of their respective municipality. Extreme water savings are needed in the following regions:

  • Beaufort West Municipality - level 3 water restrications in effect.
  • City of Cape Town - level 4 water restrictions under consideration.
  • Drakenstein Municipality - level 3B water restrictions in effect.
  • Knysna Municipality - level 3 water restrictions in effect.
  • Saldanha Muicipality - level 3 water restrictions in effect.
  • Swartland Municipality - level 3 water restrictions in effect.

REPORT: Dam Levels May 29, 2017 (132 downloads)


For your convenience, we have included the local government documentation on these restrictions as well as how to wisely use water.

Water Restrictions Poster (157 downloads)

Level 3 Water Restrictions - Western Cape (144 downloads)

We would like to encourage our clients to do whatever they possibly can to assist in this urgent matter.

  • Have towels washed only when necessary and not on a daily basis
  • Take shorter showers and don’t let the water run unnecessarily
  • Please check with your accommodation what water saving practices they have in place

What is the state of Western Cape dams?
The province is supplied with water by 44 dams. These dams collectively hold a maximum storage capacity of nearly 2000 million cubic meters. To date, many of the dams in the province have reported levels drastically lower than levels recorded at the same time during previous years.

The average storage across the province in December was at 52%, January was down to 42%. Without further rain, and at the current dam levels, this water will last for a further three months, and in Cape Town, the rainy season only starts in April.

You can view dam level information here: http://www.elsenburg.com/agri-tools/western-cape-dam-levels


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