Umbrellas are back in demand in the Western Cape where recent rains have seen average dam levels in the province rise to above 30% for the first time in months. The latest dam statistics released on Monday showed a healthy increase in both Cape Town’s catchment dams and others across the province‚ thanks to a series of cold fronts bringing significant rain over the past month. More rain is forecast for the coming weeks. The biggest net gain was in the Breede River catchment area which recorded 330mm over the past week.

The Berg River catchment area recorded 173mm‚ according to statistics released by the Western Cape government department of local government‚ environmental affairs and development planning. However, department MEC Anton Bredell cautioned residents to continue saving water until dam levels had returned to normal. "The province is a winter rainfall area so the wet weather is not unexpected‚" Bredell said in the statement. "The problem is there is such a backlog fo...

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