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WC dam levels sitting at 35.7% despite recent rainfall

At this time last year dams were 62% full.

FILE: A shallow stream of water runs through the Theewaterskloof Dam, as dam levels stand at 14%. The Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane, is discussing solutions, as the Western Cape is gripped by drought. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Local Government Department says recent rain has done little to change the state of dams.

At this time last year dams were 62% full.

The MEC's spokesperson James Brent Styan said: “The latest level of dams is at 35.7% despite the recent bit of rain we’ve seen over the weekend which we’re very grateful for. We’re very thankful for every bit of water we get but it just goes to show how unpredictable the weather patterns have become. The last three seasons of below average rainfall have certainly exacerbated matters.”

At least two weeks ago, the City of Cape Town warned residents to brace themselves for disruptions to the water supply.

Officials have already implemented phase one of the plan, with water pressure reduction being rolled out to some communities.

Phase two will see reduced pressure across the entire water system.

And, the extreme disaster phase will be rolled out when the city is unable to draw water from its surface dams.

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