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Water released from Berg River Dam replenishes supply for West Coast towns

UPDATE on EWN: Misverstand Dam overflowing - dept

Government has confirmed that the Misverstand Dam now sits at 61.01%.

The National Water and Sanitation Department released water from the Berg River Dam to the Misverstand Dam along the West Coast.

The water was released on 17 April to alleviate the water crisis along the West Coast.

Read more: Water to be released from Berg River to Misverstand Dam to avoid Day Zero

Dams in the region where critically low and, at the time, ran the risk of running dry by 24 April.

5 million cubic metres was released from the Berg River Dam, explains the department's special projects deputy Trevor Blazer.

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Blazer says officials anticipated a water loss of 3 million cubic metres, but only lost 2 million cubic metres.

He says the water reached the Misverstand Dam before any expected difficulties getting water into West Coast towns.

It went better than we expected.

Trevor Balzer, Deputy Director- General of Special Projects at Department Of Water And Sanitation

We started the release on the 19th of April and the water reached the dam on the 24th of April.

Trevor Balzer, Deputy Director- General of Special Projects at Department Of Water And Sanitation

We've got a few million cubic metres into the dam to alleviate the plight for the West Coast municipalities.

Trevor Balzer, Deputy Director- General of Special Projects at Department Of Water And Sanitation

We took the equivalent of about 4% of the capacity at the Berg River Dam. With good rains we've had, the Berg River Dam has picked up again.

Trevor Balzer, Deputy Director- General of Special Projects at Department Of Water And Sanitation

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