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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 30-40% but every year usage takes up to 60%. This is evident from the yearly peaks and troughs in the graph above.

Dam Storage %

19.7

Weekly Change %

-0.8

Table courtesy of the City of Cape Town
MAJOR DAMS STORAGE IN % OF CAPACITY
 ML29-May-17Last Week2016201520142013
BERG RIVER 130 010 31.0 31.7 27.6 53.5 94.3 73.9
STEENBRAS LOWER 33 517 23.5 25.1 34.6 47.8 38.4 47.1
STEENBRAS UPPER 31 767 56.7 57.2 57.1 54.7 75.1 70.0
THEEWATERSKLOOF 480 188 13.7 14.3 30.2 49.3 76.1 65.4
VOËLVLEI 164 095 14.5 16.3 20.8 39.7 58.3 50.3
WEMMERSHOEK 58 644 36.1 36.1 45.8 48.7 58.6 65.1
TOTAL STORED 898 221 176 808 184 231 271 489 433 623 654 695 568 994
% STORAGE 19.7 20.5 30.2 48.3 72.9 63.3

This revealing footage was taken on the 28th of May 2017 by JP Taylor. The contrast with the dam level in January is truly alarming, dispelling any misconceptions we may have regarding this resource that has never run out. The only way to avert disaster is to keep saving water through the rain season so that reserves can recover to normal levels.

JP Taylor

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