WC Dam levels stabilise, thunderstorms predicted in Karoo region
The latest average dam level for the Western Cape is 66.2% (2018: 63.1%), a slight decrease from last week. City of Cape Town dams are on average 83.6% full.
Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, says 2019 has been another good year for rainfall over the largest parts of the province.
“With a few exceptions, we are a lot better off than we have been in years. Our greatest concern remains with the Karoo regions and northern parts of the West Coast where severe drought continues, especially in the agriculture sector, where it is felt most harshly.”
Bredell says that the SA Weather Services have predicted some relief for parts of the Karoo this week including potential thunderstorms in some areas including Oudtshoorn and Kannaland.
“In the event of severe thunderstorms in drought stricken areas, one often sees flashfloods that can cause major challenges. In the event of any emergency the number to call is 112. In addition, we continue to monitor the situation.”
Major Dam statistics
Voëlvlei dam – 89.6% full this week (2018: 93.7%. Last week: 89.7%)
Bergriver Dam 99.8% full this week (2018: 98.5%. Last week: 100%).
Theewaterskloof dam – 74.4% full this week (2018: 56.6%. Last week: 75.2%)
Clanwilliam Dam 90%. (2018: 94.1%. Last week: 91.8%)
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