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Dam levels up less than 2% after storm, but not nearly enough says CT official

Mayco member for utilities Xanthea Limberg says the recent rains have not had a significant impact on the Western Cape dam levels.

She advises that dam levels have only increased by approximately 1.6% - a provisional figure.

Limberg says despite the much needed rainfall in the past week, the showers have not been enough to take the province out of the drought situation.

It has increased the dam levels slightly, but not enough to take us out of the drought situation.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy

Unfortunately, the dam levels have only increased by approximately 1.6%. We will release formal figures later on today [Monday].

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy

According to Limberg, a substantial amount of rain over extended period of time will be needed for the Cape to recover.

She says that Cape Town has not yet been able to achieve the consumption target of 600 million litres per day.

Meanwhile, Capetonians have been urged to continue using water sparingly and reduce water consumption.

Even if it rains, we cannot think that we can increase our water consumption because that also impacts our dam levels.

Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy

Limberg says the decision to potentially implement Level 4 B water restrictions will be taken depending on the amount of rainfall the Cape receives over July and August.

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