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WC Dam levels continue to increase

15 July 2019

The average dam level in the Western Cape continues to increase as colder wetter weather continues to move in across the province. The latest average level for dams across the province is 47.2% (2018: 48%). The City of Cape Town’s dams have reached an average level of 61.4% full (2018: 54.7%).


The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, says the Gouritz River catchment area continues to be the area of most concern.

“This is the area feeding large parts of the Karoo. While some regions including Beaufort-West, have received good rains in their catchment areas, other areas have not yet seen the relief they need. A source of concern remains the agriculture sector in large parts of the province where the ongoing drought that has been prevalent for more than four years, remains in effect.”


Bredell says his department continues to monitor the situation across the province and ongoing interventions seeking to address longer term water sustainability remain on track.

“These include searching for a new water source for Beaufort-West, as well as rolling out the Blossoms project for Oudtshoorn and other areas of the Karoo, including Kannaland.”


Bredell continues to urge the public to use water responsibly.

“The resource will always be under pressure in years to come and we must all do that we can to use less. We are talking about permanent behaviour change to ensure we build a more sustainable future for generations to come.”

 Major Dam statistics


Voëlvlei dam – 66.6% full this week (2018: 54.7%. Last week: 65.1%)

Bergriver Dam 90.1% full this week (2018: 84.6%. Last week: 89.2%).

Theewaterskloof dam – 51.2% full this week (2018: 40.3%. Last week: 50%)

Clanwilliam Dam 41.7%. (2018: 96.2%. Last week: 34.2%) 


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