Cape Town saves water supplies

Cape Town city authorities have urged residents to continue conserving water, despite recent heavy rains, following the prolonged drought that saw the Western Cape's water reserve fall below ten per cent. 

Cape Town's dams remain far lower than usual for this time of year – the start of winter – with the six major dams supplying the city each an average of 25 per cent full.

The largest dam supplying Cape Town, Theewaterskloof, is currently 19 per cent full – around half the level it was this time last year.

The city is continuing its campaign to educate residents about water conservation, on a sustained basis, and restrictions remain in place.

The individual daily limit of municipal water is 87 litres and the city has warned of tough action against those who flout the rules.