Clanwilliam dam upgrades commenced on 6 August

The National Department of Water and Sanitation has resumed upgrades to the Clanwilliam dam wall. Work resumed as of 6 August.

“This is very welcome news and we want to applaud and thank National Government under minister Gugile Nkwinti for keeping to their commitments and starting to deliver on their mandate to the public,” said Anton Bredell, minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape.

Bredell says the project has been long postponed and the delays were a contributing factor to the province’s recent drought woes.

“If the wall had been raised as planned, the situation may have never been as dire as it was over the past year. Water is the most basic of human rights and the ball cannot be dropped. The recent progress on this project is very welcome indeed and we hope that similar action follows for other projects needed across the other regions of the province too. This includes projects like the Berg River/Voëlvlei augmentation scheme.”

The average dam level in the Western Cape currently stands at just below 51% with the dams feeding the City of Cape Town still at just above 56%. The levels have seen a slight decrease over the past week as little rain has fallen. The Gouritz River catchment area remains in dire straits with an average level of only 19% for dams in that region.

Major dam statistics:

Theewaterskloof dam – 42% full this week (2017: 22%. Last week: 41%)

Voëlvlei dam – 60% full this week (2017: 22%. Last week: 59%)

Berg River dam – 87% full this week (2017: 44%. Last week: 86%).

Clanwilliam dam – 99%. (2017: 28%. Last week: 98%)

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