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Western Cape: WC water update

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Western Cape: WC water update

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20th June 2017


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The average water level for dams across the Western Cape has increased by around 2% on average over the past week and around 4% over the past two weeks.

On 29 May the average levels were reported as being 17.6% across the Western Cape.


The latest readings indicate the levels have increased to 21.2% on average across the Western Cape.

Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape says the Western Cape remains a drought stricken province despite recent rainfall.


“There has been a slight increase in the average dam levels but we are still a long way off from breaking this ongoing drought.

We hope to be around 75% on average by October with the eye on the coming summer period.”

Bredell has cautioned the public to continue to use water sparingly when it does start to rain as forecast over the next few weeks.

“We must ensure that dam levels recover, so when it starts to rain, consumers should not revert back to using water wastefully.”

The latest dam level data per the National Department of Water and Sanitation:

Dam Date Gauge Plate Reading (m) % Full This Week % Full Last Week % Full Last Year Nett Volume This Week (x106 m3)
Cape Town System Dams (Combined) 19/06/2017   22.73 20.97 29.38 202.17
Berg River Catchment 19/06/2017   30.44 28.77 30.94 126.77
Breede River Catchment 19/06/2017   19.01 17.11 27.53 201.15
Gouritz River Catchment 19/06/2017   18.85 19.19 45.05 50.61
Olifants / Doorn River Catchment 19/06/2017   15.16 9.71 16.74 19.45
Western Cape State of Dams 19/06/2017   21.26 19.44 30.06 397.97


Issued by Western Cape Government


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