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With 2016 experiencing the lowest rainfall recorded in South African history and water restrictions implemented nationwide, it is no wonder there's a growing number of people concerned about the future of our most precious commodity. At Sustainable.co.za, we have turned our focus to providing the latest and most affordable options to save water in your own home. We also have a few tricks up our sleeve for those not in a position to buy the goods but still want to be a part of the solution.

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Anyone taking a closer look at Cape Town dam levels will come to realise the urgency of the current water situation. From the data below it's clear that the city's demand has grown too large for the current water reserves. Even if crisis doesn't strike this year, 2018 will see the city in a major predicament as winter rainfall on average replenish storage by 30% but every year usage takes up to 60%. This is evident from the yearly peaks and troughs in the graph above.

Dam Storage %

34.5

Weekly Change %

-1.7

Table courtesy of the City of Cape Town
MAJOR DAMS STORAGE IN % OF CAPACITY
 ML21-Feb-17Last Week2016201520142013
BERG RIVER 130 010 43.5 45.5 38.9 72.0 93.3 75.0
STEENBRAS LOWER 33 517 40.4 42.1 44.6 51.4 69.4 59.6
STEENBRAS UPPER 31 767 57.4 58.1 72.1 88.3 97.0 82.0
THEEWATERSKLOOF 480 188 29.5 31.4 44.1 70.9 84.0 75.8
VOËLVLEI 164 095 35.8 37.6 23.6 65.6 76.2 65.3
WEMMERSHOEK 58 644 36.3 36.3 53.6 66.1 78.1 76.4
TOTAL STORED 898 221 309 921 325 506 370 482 625 859 749 516 659 428
% STORAGE 34.5 36.2 41.2 69.7 83.4 73.4

This footage was taken on the 17th of January 2017 by prominent photographer, Johnny Miller. The bird's-eye view of the R321 bridge crossing clearly shows the alarming level with the last 10% hardly usable due to the silt.



Johnny Miller / Millefoto