Western Cape largest dam overflows for first time in almost a decade

The Western Cape’s largest dam, Theewaterskloof near Villliersdorp, has begun to overflow for the first time in almost a decade, surpassing the 99% capacity mark.

This comes after continuous heavy showers over the past week resulted in the dam reaching the 100% mark on Friday.

In late August this year, another big dam in the Western Cape, the Clanwilliam dam in the West Coast region, also reached its capacity and two of the dam’s 13 sluices were opened to release tonnes of water into the Olifants river, mainly for agriculture usage.

The average dam level for the six main dams supplying water to the Cape Metropole has increased to more than 98%.