Western Cape dam overflows for the 1st time in almost 10 years

Western Cape dam overflows for the 1st time in almost 10 years

- Theewaterskloof, Western Cape's largest dam has reached its capacity and has begun to overflow

- This os the second dam to reach capacity in 2020 with Clanwilliam having to open its sluice gates in August

- The average water capacity of the six dams that serve Cape Town is currently at 98% following heavy rains

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Theewaterskloof, the largest dam in the Western Cape has reached its capacity and has begun to overflow. After heavy rains swelled the dam, sluice gates were opened to release the pressure for the first time in almost ten years.

This is the second dam to overflow after Clanwilliam dam reached its capacity in August. The heavy rains have contributed to the six damns that serve the City of Cape Town have reached an average capacity if 98%.

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Two years ago, the Theewaterskloof dam was at 20% during the height of the water crisis, now to the relief of the people of Cape Town water supplies are in surplus.

During the water crisis, Capetonians rallied together and went to drastic measures to save water, thanks to their efforts the city was able to avoid running out of water completely.

Western Cape dam overflows for the 1st time in almost 10 years
Clanwilliam dam opened its sluice gates in August following heavy rains. Photo credit: Facebook/Clanwilliam Toerisme
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that despite the means initiated by the government to distribute water through JoJo Tanks for people to use during the Covid-19 outbreak, the scourge seems to be stuck with the residents of Bushbuckridge.

Despite Covid-19, the community of Bushbuckridge for many years has had challenging stories about their water scarcity.

36-year-old Brighton Charlie, one of the residents, said the two tanks were recently installed in his vicinity are unable to cater for many people.

Briefly.co.za previously reported that Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has come under fire once more after a R600-million water tanks contract.

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Motshekga has defended the awarding of a R600 million contract to supply 3 500 schools with water tanks despite the department not following the normal tender process.

Rand Water are the beneficiaries of the mouthwatering amount and former Democratic Party leader Mmusi Maimane shared another astute observation in this regard.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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