WC Water update and update on Wilderness pipeline | Western Cape Government


WC Water update and update on Wilderness pipeline

21 October 2019

Water: Wilderness pipeline completed

Water challenges in the Wilderness area in the Southern Cape have been resolved. Earlier this month the main water pipeline providing water from George to the Wilderness area collapsed and fell into the sea. The pipeline was attached below the existing walkway over the Kaaimans bridge, which is owned and managed by Transnet. Sections of the walkway had become badly rusted over time could no longer support the main water line from George, leading to the collapse of the pipeline.

 Teams from all three spheres of government as well as Transnet worked non-stop over the past 8 days to fix the problem. A new section of pipe was put in place on top of the bridge, restoring the water flow to the community. The work was completed late last week.

 Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, praised the team involved and says the combined efforts has led to a quick and successful outcome.

 “Water is a basic human right and we do everything we can to ensure all communities have access to it. We will continue to monitor the fixed pipeline to be sure it performs as needed.”

 Across the province the latest average dam level for the Western Cape is currently 64.1% (2018: 65.7%). Major dams supplying the City of Cape Town with water, see their levels stand at an average of 79.2%. The situation in the interior parts of the province, in the Karoo region, particularly within the agriculture sector, remains serious and continues to be monitored on an ongoing basis.

 Major Dam statistics

Voëlvlei dam – 87% full this week (2018: 96.7%. Last week: 87.9%)
Bergriver Dam 97.7% full this week (2018: 99%. Last week: 98.6%)
Theewaterskloof dam – 69.2% full this week (2018: 58.1%. Last week: 70.1%)
Clanwilliam Dam 93.3%. (2018: 98.7%. Last week: 95%) 


Media Enquiries: 

James-Brent Styan
Spokesperson for the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell

Mobile:                   084 583 1670
Telephone:            021 483 2820
E-mail:                    James-Brent.Styan@westerncape.gov.za