City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor John Nielsen announced that water restrictions in the city will be relaxed to Level 5 from 1 October 2018.

This comes after dam levels showed marked improvements following winter rainfall in the city.

In addition to the relaxed water restrictions Neilson announced that water tariffs would also be reduced between 26.6% and 70% per kilolitre.

Theewaterskloof Dam, one of the main six dams that feed Cape Town has risen from 48.7% to 51.1%.  Clanwilliam increased from 98.2% to 99%, while Voelvlei is up from 74.4% to 81.1%.

Dam levels around the country stable

According to the Department of Water and Sanitation’s weekly report water levels around the country are stable with a slight drop from 77% to 76.8% this week.

In Gauteng, Vaal Dam is at 92%, a slight decrease from 92.8% the week before. The Intergrated Vaal River System (IVRS) is at 81.2%, the system was at 76.9% during the same period last year.

In KwaZulu-Natal, the Umgeni System which comprises of the Albert Falls, Nagle and Inanda Dams decreased by a fraction, from 71.3% last week to 71%.

The Inanda Dam is at 68%, Albert Falls decreased from 48.3% to 47.9%, Nagle decreased from 71.5% to 71.3%, and Hazelmere Dam has increased from 68.6% to 69.3%.

Dam levels in the Free State decreased from 91.5% to 90.8%.

Dam levels in the North West province has decreased from 67.2% last week to 66%. North West boasts dams such as Disaneng at 52.8% and Setumo at 70.7%.

In the Northern Cape, dam levels are at 85%, a decrease from last week’s 88.5%. Limpopo is at 68.5% down from 68.9% last week. Albasini is at 82.9%, Hans Merensky in Phalaborwa is at 101.2%, and Ebenezer at 79.9%.

In Mpumalanga, dam levels are at 75.7%, a drop from last week’s 76.4%. Mpumalanga has dams including Witbank, which is at 97.1%, Buffelskloof 72.4% and Middleburg at 94.8%.