Latest Western Cape dam levels
Provincial dam levels are critically low. As a resident or visitor in the Western Cape please ensure that you reduce your water consumption in accordance with the water restrictions of your municipality. Extreme water savings are needed in the following regions:
- City of Cape Town - level 6B water restrictions.
- Drakenstein Municipality - level 6 water restrictions in effect.
- Saldanha Municipality - level 5 water restrictions in effect.
- Stellenbosch Municipality - level 5 water restrictions in effect.
- Swartland Municipality - level 5 water restrictions in effect.
High Alert: City of Cape Town
Residents and visitors in the City of Cape Town are restricted to using 50 litres of treated water per person, per day for the purposes of drinking, washing and cooking. All exemptions have been revoked.
Due to the critical nature of available water supply, all water users across the metro must expect water rationing which could lead to water supply disruptions. Read more on how you can help save water to avoid Day Zero as well as these handy tips from WF South Africa.
Please contact the City of Cape Town for water rationing details for your area.
Cape Town dam levels on 7 February 2018: 25.2%
We currently face a serious drought due to poor rainfall during our 2015, 2016 and 2017 winter seasons. The demand for water has also steadily increased every year due to the province's rapidly growing population and economy. This, as well as rapid climate change, has added significant pressure on our water supply.
What are water restrictions?
In order to ease the pressure placed on our water supply, municipalities across the province will continue to implement level 1 to 6 water restrictions for the foreseeable future. These restrictions place higher tariffs on water consumption to encourage you to use only what you need. Other penalties such as fines or even imprisonment for blatant water wastage are also possible depending on your municipality's stipulations.
Current water restrictions for Western Cape Municipalities
- Beaufort West Municipality - level 4B
- Bergrivier Municipality - level 2
- Bitou Municipality - level 1
- Breede Valley Municipality - level 3B
- Cederberg Municipality - level 2
- Cape Agulhas Municipality - level 1
- City of Cape Town - level 6B
- Drakenstein Municipality - level 6
- George Municipality - level 2B
- Hessequa Municipality - level 1
- Kannaland Municipality - level 3
- Knysna Municipality - level 3
- Laingsburg Municipality - level 1
- Langeberg Municipality - level 2
- Matzikama Municipality - level 2
- Mossel Bay Municipality - no restrictions
- Overstrand Municipality - level 1
- Oudtshoorn Municipality - no restrictions
- Prince Albert Municipality - level 1
- Saldanha Municipality - level 5
- Stellenbosch Municipality - level 5
- Swartland Municipality - level 5
- Swellendam Municipality - no restrictions
- Theeswaterskloof Municipality - level 3
- Witzenberg Municipality - level 4
Are there plans to increase water storage capacity?
Yes. The City of Cape Town has initiated a number of water augmentation projects. Because this budget for water infrustructure sits with the National Department of Water and Sanitation, which at present can't assist due to budget shortfalls, financing of these projects will have to be be made possible by the City and Province to ensure continued water supply for residents.
Read Premier Helen Zille's answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Cape Town's water crises.
Where does the water go?
Other than using water in our homes for cooking, washing and sanitation, water also plays a central role in the economy of the Western Cape. The agriculture sector relies heavily on a reliable and sustainable water supply in order to produce good crops and sustain livestock. The manufacturing sector also needs water to produce manufactured goods.
Water is also lost to evaporation, leaks in water supply pipes, and deliberate water wastage.
What can I do to help?
Go beyond ordinary water-saving and get creative with new ways to save as much as you can.
Our water security is vital for almost everything we do, which is why it's important that we all work together to ease demand on our water supply. Remember, every drop counts! Report leaks and burst pipes to your local municipality. Use our water saving tips and follow your municipality's guidelines for water restrictions. Share your water saving ideas on social media and encourage family and friends to do their bit as well, so that we save as much water as we possibly can, together!
What's the state of Western Cape dams?
The province is supplied with water by 44 main dams. These dams collectively hold a maximum storage capacity of 1870.4 million cubic meters.
To date, many of the dams in our province have reported levels drastically lower than levels recorded at the same time during previous years. The average storage across the province on 7 February 2018 is 23.7%.
How full is the dam in my region?
You can keep track of the water storage levels in dams across the province using the map below. Information on dam storage levels is supplied by the national Department of Water and Sanitation.
Dam storage levels on 7 February 2018.