The Western Cape Government has stated that recent rains across parts of the province brought on by the storm and prolonged minor cold fronts, aren’t enough to beat back the drought.
Dam levels have slightly increased by an average of around 4% over the past fortnight, but the increases are not nearly enough to begin dispensing with water wasting strategies.
The department’s James-Brent Stine says: “The dams are increasing by 1.5 to 2% per week. We’re confident that we’ve seen the worst of the dam levels dropping.”
The City of Cape Town has reiterated it won’t lift water restrictions but may have to intensify them.
On Monday, the city issued an appeal to industry to assist in coming up with solutions to augment the city’s potable water supply, with dam levels now at 23.1%.
The city says level 4 water restrictions will remain in place indefinitely.
It will take a few seasons of normal rainfall for the dams to recover and a tough summer is predicted next year.