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Things improving but drought remains in full effect - WC govt

For the first time in months, Western Cape dam levels have risen to above 30%.

FILE: The National Water and Sanitation Department released water from the Berg River Dam to the Misverstand Dam to alleviate the water crisis along the West Coast. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - While heavy rainfall in the Western Cape over the past few days has led to a spike in dam levels, residents are urged to continue saving water.

For the first time in months, Western Cape dam levels have risen to above 30%.

The average level for dams is currently sitting at 31.5%.

Last week, the level was at 25.8%.

Environmental Affairs MEC spokesperson James Brent-Styan: "We see major dams increasing by more than five percent per week. Theewaterskloof is currently at 26.6% and the Bergrivier Dam is at 61.7%. Things are improving but the drought still remains in full effect across the province."