Water Wednesday: Cape Town test drives collection points

Despite #DayZero being moved to 2019, the City of Cape Town is still going full steam ahead with testing water collection points. The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRMC) conducted the exercise last week to test the vehicle drive-through configuration of the planned points of water distribution (PODs).

While Day Zero has been deferred, subject to Team Cape Town’s efforts to continue lowering water usage, the City’s emergency preparedness planning continues to ensure their readiness in the event of dams reach critical levels forcing the shutdown of the reticulation network to individual properties.

The DRMC has been working to ensure that the PODs can be effectively managed. This involves anticipating what strategies households and businesses will employ to meet their water needs in the event of Day Zero and how these strategies can be supported by designing and managing the PODs in a way that ensures water collection can be done quickly and safely.

The aim of the exercise is to test different layouts to see which configuration is most efficient and safe; to collect data on how long it will take to fill containers; and to assess staffing and other operational requirements. The exercise will further evaluate the impact of potential traffic congestion on the on-site operations and the surrounding areas.

Here is your weekly dam update:

  • The Vaal River System consisting of 14 dams serving mainly Gauteng Sasol and Eskom is at 93.8%.
  • The Cape Town Dams System consisting of six dams serving mainly City of Cape Town this week is at 18.3%.
  • The KwaZulu-Natal Dam System is at 61.6% this week while the Eastern Cape Dam System sits at 66.7%.

Here are the latest dam percentages throughout the country:

For a more in depth rainfall update, visit WeatherSA or click here. For more information on the water storage levels across the country, visit the DWS site. For a comprehensive drought status report from the Department of Water and Sanitation, click here.


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