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Western Cape dam level May 9 2011

Over both of the previous months, March ans April, the Western Cape has experienced less than average rainfall. This in culmination with a high population has the Western Cape drawing down it’s dams faster than previously see.

Below are the updated dam levels in the Western Cape. The two figures are from the week of May 2 2011 and May 9 2011. It is of interest to note that many of the dam levels continued to drop even with the rain the area experienced over the two weeks.

Dam 02-May 09-May
Wemmershoek 53.5 51.8
Steenbras Lower 41.3 39.7
Steenbras Upper 61.4 63.3
Voelvlei 50.8 49.5
Theewaterskloof 50.9 51.2
Berg river 57.1 57.4

Dam

02-May

09-May

Wemmershoek

53.5

51.8

Steenbras Lower

41.3

39.7

Steenbras Upper

61.4

63.3

Voelvlei

50.8

49.5

Theewaterskloof

50.9

51.2

Berg river

57.1

57.4

Dam levels western cape 9 may 2011Should these dam levels continue to drop as expected in spite of winter rain, the Western Cape and Cape Town will be bound to install strict water saving measures. These typically include water restrictions however depending on the expected severity, water outages can be expected.

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