Plans afoot to revamp Clanwilliam Dam

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The Water and Sanitation Department says the raising of the Clanwilliam Dam wall on the West Coast will resume within the next five months. The project was halted due to a lack of funds.

Plans are afoot to raise the dam wall by over 13-metres to increase its storage capacity. The Clanwilliam Dam supplies water to mostly farmers in Cedarberg and Matzikama.

Government wants to increase its water storage capacity to 340 million cubic metres. The project was stalled due to a lack of funding despite a two billion rand budget in 2013/2014.

Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti visited the area on Saturday.

He says, “I’m going to make sure that this project kicks off and this department has a construction unit. That’s the construction unit that’s done all the basic work that you see here. They are ready and have the capacity and equipment and human resources so why not start.”

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