#EveryDropCounts: Western Cape dams at 33.1%

Cape Town – The average dam level in the Western Cape currently stands at 33.1% (2018: 16.6%). Dams supplying the City of Cape Town stand at an average of 45.4% (2018: 20.6%).  

Anton Bredell, Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC in the Western Cape, says the latest numbers have come ahead of the rain that fell from late Sunday evening in the greater parts of the province.

“We are a winter rainfall Zone and we are not yet in the winter. Dam levels are still dropping slightly but that is not unusual. We are still not close to the record low levels we saw a year ago. However we are continuing to urge caution and restraint with water usage. Please protect the resource.”

There has been some relief to large areas of the stricken Karoo but not yet enough to break the drought.

“The Gamkadam in Beaufort West was empty a little more than a year ago. It is now at 43.6% full. That is a major relief.”

Major Dam statistics

  • Voëlvlei dam – 54.8% full this week (2018: 14.2%. Last week: 55.4%)
  • Bergriver Dam 68.3% full this week (2018: 37.6%. Last week: 67.3%).
  • Theewaterskloof dam – 35.3% full this week (2018: 11.8%. Last week: 35.5%)
  • Clanwilliam Dam 9.4%. (2018: 5%. Last week: 10.1%) 

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Major Dam statistics

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