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Plans underway to extract last 10% of Theewaterskloof Dam

More details are emerging about plans by the Department of Water and Sanitation to access the remaining 10% of water in Theewaterskloof Dam.

Last week the department revealed it would begin the extraction process as part of efforts to stave off Day Zero.

Speaking to Kieno Kammies, the department's Leonardo Manus explained how they're using similar method to those employed in the 1980s at the Val Dam.

Where the 10% of that water is currently lying, we are going to build a temporary pump station and we will be able to pump about 1500 litres per second and to pump it around the cofferdam. That would allow adequate head for the water to actually flow into the Charmaine tunnel to allow Cape Town to receive the water.

Leonardo Manus, Dept of Water and Sanitation

Manus says they are hoping to start pumping the water from 13 March.

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