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Recent rainfall in the Western Cape increases dam levels in the province.


Cape Town, South Africa (6 July 2021) – Western Cape dam levels have improved dramatically.

The latest average dam level for dams in the Western Cape is 67.8%, in the corresponding time last year this figure stood at 45%, while the latest average level for dams providing water to the City of Cape Town, is 90%. In 2020 this time ’round it was 63%.

Rainfall in the past week has seen the average level for the province increase from 55% to nearly 68%. Large dams like the Clanwilliam dam has increased from 23.6% to 74% in one week.

Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, says the past week has seen large volumes of water flowing towards provincial dams.

“Three years ago at this time, the City of Cape Town was at the end of a devastating drought with dam levels low following a threat of a day zero event in the metro. This week the dams providing water to the metro has seen their levels increase from an average of 75% to 90%, an incredible number in a very short period.”

Bredell has urged consumers to continue to use water sparingly despite the fuller dams.

“Water will always be a scarce resource and we must adjust our behaviour change permanently. We need to do more with less. Overall, across the province, we are fortunate to be in the position we are in at the moment but we always need to look ahead and plan for the future. In addition, we remain concerned as always about the Gouritz River catchment area and we hope to see some relief in that region too.”

Major Dam statistics

  • Voëlvlei dam – 71.7% full this week (2020: 59%. Last week: 61.9%)
  • Bergriver Dam 101% full this week (2020: 81.9%. Last week: 89.1%).
  • Theewaterskloof dam – 95.7% full this week (2020: 59.2%. Last week: 79.4%)
  • Clanwilliam Dam 74.3%. (2020: 29.4%. Last week: 23.6%)

Sources: Press Release
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