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Dam levels in the Western Cape have increased after rain was driven by at least two cold fronts over the past few weeks.
Good rainfall saw the Clanwilliam Dam rise to 71.6%, up by 24.3%, while the Theewaterskloof – the Western Cape’s biggest dam – increased by 8.6% from last week to reach 61.7%.
The overall storage percentage is at 75.6% for the major dams in the province.
The dams in and around Cape Town form part of the Western Cape Water Supply System, which is an integrated and collectively managed system of dams, pump stations, pipelines, and tunnels. In addition to servicing Cape Town, the system supplies water to towns in the Overberg, Boland, West Coast, and Swartland areas, and provides irrigation water for agriculture.
In 2015 severe droughts stopped the Kleinmond lagoon from flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. After heavy rains over the past few weeks, the Kleinmond lagoon burst its banks and reconnected with ocean on July 31.