Relief for West Coast amid fears taps could run dry

Relief for West Coast amid fears taps could run dry

The Misverstand Dam in the Western Cape is forecast to run dry in less than a week but government is putting plans in place to prevent this from happening. 

Northern KZN drought
Anelisa Kubheka

The dam is expected to run dry by next week Tuesday. 


Provincial Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell says an effort is being made to ensure that taps in the West Coast district municipal area don't run dry. 

"Given that the current estimates indicate that the Misverstand Dam could fail as early as 24 April 2018, the department will make a release of up to 5 million cubic metres of water from both the Voelvlei and Berg River dams," said Bredell.


The water will be released over the course of three days.


"The release will be initiated between 17 and 20 April, to make sure that water reaches Misverstand Dam by 24 April," said Bredell. 


The Misverstand Dam is currently sitting on 13.26 % while Voëlvlei is at 13.75%.

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