WC Water Update | Western Cape Government


WC Water Update

20 November 2018


The average water level for dams in the Western Cape currently stands at 61.9% (2017: 34.6%). Dams supplying the City of Cape Town have decreased to 71.8% (2017: 35.8%). Major dams in the province are better off than last year at this time, with the Theewaterskloof dam 56% full (2017: 23.7%) and Clanwilliam Dam at 94% full (2017: 34.8%).


Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape says water levels are dropping following the winter rainfall period.

“We are seeing increased temperatures and with that increased evaporation and demand. This is sure to increase even further in the coming months so we continue to urge consumers to use water as sparingly as possible.”


The Karoo region remains in a critical condition with Beaufort West relying on groundwater and the existing water reclamation plant in the town.

“We continue to monitor the province and  deploy resources where necessary. The Karoo region is a summer rainfall region and we are hopeful for some relief later in the summer months. Till then, we call on consumers to continue to conserve water in the affected regions.”


Major Dam statistics


Theewaterskloof dam – 56% full this week (2017: 23.7%. Last week: 56.6%)

Voëlvlei dam – 92.6% full this week (2017: 27.4%. Last week: 93.7%)

Bergriver Dam 97.4% full this week (2017: 65%. Last week: 98.5%).

Clanwilliam Dam 94%. (2017: 34.8%. Last week: 94.1%) 





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