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WC dam levels see slight increase

Rain has led to an increase of about 1.5 percentage points since last week.

FILE: A shallow stream of water runs through the Theewaterskloof Dam. Picture: Bertram Malgas

CAPE TOWN - The average Western Cape dam level has increased to almost 23%.

Rain has led to an increase of about 1.5 percentage points since last week.

The provincial government has declared a state of emergency and continues to urge residents to use water sparingly.

The average levels of dams providing the City of Cape Town has increased slightly since last week to 24.28%.

Combined, the Wemmershoek, Voelvlei, Steenbras, Theewaterskloof and Berg River dams contain nearly 28% less water compared to the same time last year.

Environmental Affairs MEC spokesperson James-Brent Styan says that the dam levels have increased to almost 23% over the past week.

“The three big dams in the province remain below 20% and this remains a big concern.”

Meanwhile, the metro has called for suggestions on how to implement temporary reverse osmosis or desalination plants to be submitted by 10 July.

WATCH: Running on empty: Minister Mokonyane visits Theewaterskloof Dam

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