WC authorities hope for more rain

Officials announced that dam levels have increased in the province to just over 40%.

FILE: The water level of the Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town dropped to around 30% in March 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Recent rains have helped alleviate strain on some of the Cape's dams.

The Western Cape Local Government Department says dam and reservoir levels are sitting at around 40% capacity following recent downpours.

This, however, is still about 20% less than the same period last year.

The department's James Styan says, "The demand for water will continue to increase. We still see areas across the province that face some challenges. We are grateful especially in the agriculture sector in the West Coast that has received some water. Some areas need more water and other areas are better off. Ideally, we would like more rain to come."

The South African Weather Service has forecast more rain for the Western Cape in the next two weeks.