Dam levels in the Western Cape have plateaued and are starting to show slight decreases as the province heads into the summer and demand increases.
The latest average dam levels for the entire province sees dam levels at 65.69% (2018: 66.12%). The largest dam in the province – Theewaterskloof – is at 70.78% full (2018: 58%).
The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, says water use is set to increase in the months ahead as the province is expected to see temperatures escalate.
“In addition we are looking forward to a bumper summer holiday over the December period with the traditional influx of visitors and holidaymakers to the province during this period and we simply urge all visitors to think like a local and work with us to manage our water resources optimally.”
Bredell says the department continues to monitor and support areas where the drought remains in full effect.
“These are primarily in the interior of the province, particularly the South-Western area of the Central Karoo. We remain particularly concerned about the agriculture sector in this region and remain in close contact with all parties involved, including the department of agriculture in the province, to see how we can best support the sector in this difficult time.” – (Media Statement)
The latest data on dam levels today shows a total amount of water currently in the 6 dams – Berg River, Steenbras Lower, Steenbras Upper, Theewaterskloof, Voëlvlei and Wemmershoek – of 732 581 ML with the Voëlvlei Dam on 88.31%, Bergriver Dam 99,11%, Steenbras Lower 99,68%, Steenbras Upper 84,15% and Wemmershoek on 91,97%.
The Clanwilliam Dam in the Olifants River is on 96.55%.