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Theewaterskloof Dam

Theewaterskloof Dam Project (Riviersonderend-Berg River Project)

In South Africa the lack of water follows in the tracks of urban and industrial development like a faithful dog. The fact that 75% of the surface run-off comes from only 32% of the country’s surface points to a tremendously uneven distribution of water resources. In order to ensure the optimum exploitation of the country’s resources, it has become increasingly necessary to convey water over long distances from one catchment area to another. The first of the schemes which captured the imagination was the Orange-Fish-Sundays River Project, where water was particularly intended for agricultural development. This was followed by the Tugela- Vaal Project, where the emphasis is on the supply of water for urban and industrial development.

In the South-Western Cape area, there has long been a need for a dependable fresh water supply and this need is increasing in rapid strides.

It is therefore a natural development that one of the most imaginative water schemes in the country was destined to be established in this area. The Riviersonderend-Berg River Project will be recorded in the annals of water provision in South Africa as one of the most impressive civil engineering projects of the eighties. It has consequently received high recognition from the S.A. Institute of Civil Engineers, which crowned the project in 1980 with its award for the most outstanding engineering project of the year.

To read more please click here to download a full information brochure relating to the whole Theewaterskloof Dam Project. (PDF - 15.9Mb)