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The Hely-Hutchinson, Woodhead, De Villiers, Alexandria and Victoria are reservoirs built at the back of Table Mountain between 1896 and 1907 to supply the growing population of Cape Town.
The Molteno Reservoir, on the lower slopes of the mountain, was established in 1877.
Guido.coza’s photograph of a perfect reflection of Table Mountain and its surrounds, in the Molteno Reservoir, was taken on a wind-free spring day.
The reservoirs used to be the main water source for Cape Town. However, as the city’s population increased other dams, like Steenbras and more recently the Berg River, were built to provide the builk of the water supply.
The Moleteno Reservoir is a balancing reservoir situated above the city in Oranjezicht and is supplied by water from the Theewaterskloof, Wemmershoek, Steenbras and Voëlvlei dams. The water level in the reservoir rises at night when demand in the city is low, and falls during the day when it is at its peak. The Waterworks Museum, which houses steam engines, cranes and other machines used in the construction of the dams, is situated along the Hely-Hutchinson dam wall.
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