The dams supplying water to Cape Town have hit the 70% mark for the first time since 2015, giving hope to a town which almost ran dry earlier in the year.
Dam levels have improved by 0,9% over the last week to 70% of storage capacity.
The city of Cape Town has responded by easing water restrictions although it keeps encouraging residents to use water wisely.
The City announced that it would lower water restrictions and tariffs from Level 6 to Level 5 from 1 October 2018 due to the encouraging dam recovery and the ongoing conservation efforts by Capetonians.
As usage has never reached the target of 450 million under Level 6b restrictions and has hovered around 500 million litres per day, which is the target for Level 5 restrictions, the City decided to lower the restriction and tariff to Level 5. This will provide some financial relief to water users and this should reflect in the October municipal accounts.
Tariffs are based on consumption, thus lower usage leads to lower costs.
The City encourages its water users to continue conserving water to ensure that Cape Town’s dams recover adequately for the summer months ahead.