#EveryDropCounts PICS: Snow, rain bring much-needed relief to drought-hit Cape
Cape Town – Snowfall on the high-lying areas of the Western Cape was expected to bring much-needed recharge relief to the province’s dams.
Significant rainfall also had a positive effect on the dam levels of the province, the national department of water and sanitation said.
According to the latest dam levels assessments of 02 July 2018, the combined average dam levels for the Western Cape Water Supply System(WCWSS) are at48.33% as compared to 42.33% last week."
The Clanwilliam dam on the West Coast is also showing an improvement from 57.46% last week to 67.69% this week.
The total storage for Western Cape dams is 41.50%.
"The South African Weather Services reports snow over of the mountain peaks in the province, with significant rainfall recorded in the province over the past 24 hours.
More rain is expected throughout the day in most parts of the province," he said.
Levels of water in the rivers rise and this means people must be careful when crossing these rivers”, said Ratau.
Following declining water levels in the dams, the department intensified some measures by decreasing the abstraction of water from the WCWSS by 45% for domestic and industries and 60% for the agricultural sector.
These remain in place until a review of the status is done at the hydrological cycle upcoming," the department said.