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Cape Town dams on 70% for the first time since 2015

18 September 2018 9:45 AM
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Cape Town water restrictions
Cape Town drought
CT dam levels

Cape Town's dam levels have hit the 70% mark but experts say Capetonians still have to be cautious in their water consumption.

For the first time since 2015 Cape Town's dam levels have hit the 70% mark.

Does this mean Cape Town is out of the woods?

Climatologists predict that September is the last month of the winter rainfall season or the end of the hydrological year.

They are saying that the total rainfall for September so far is less than half of the average.

Dr Peter Johnston, a scientist at UCT's Climate Systems Analysis Group, says that what we are seeing is the normal rainy season. It is what is expected during winter but he says it doesn't mean we are out of the woods and still have to be very cautious.

We still have to get those dams really full so we still have to be very cautious.

Dr Peter Johnston, Scientist at UCT's Climate Systems Analysis Group

Yes, it is fantastic that the dams are filling and it is raining. We can relax a little but we still have to monitor those dam levels.

Dr Peter Johnston, Scientist at UCT's Climate Systems Analysis Group

The main reason why the dams are filling up this fast is that we have cut down our demand.

Dr Peter Johnston, Scientist at UCT's Climate Systems Analysis Group

To hear the rest of the conversation with Dr Peter Johnston, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Cape Town dams on 70% for the first time since 2015


18 September 2018 9:45 AM
Tags:
Cape Town water restrictions
Cape Town drought
CT dam levels

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