Richard Van Der Spuy took this photo of Rockfill Dam in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve which is looking pretty empty at the moment.

The dams were constructed in the 1930’s by two local authorities and each one has a name. The highest in the kloof is called the ‘High Level Arch Dam’ while the middle dam is called the ‘PJ Luyt Level Arch Dam’ The lowest and largest dam is called Rockfill Dam.

Water from the three dams is no longer used for human consumption as De Bos Dam and groundwater are now the main sources for the town. The water is said to supply the gardens and nursery at the Reserve, greens at the Hermanus Golf Club and schools for irrigation purposes and is similarly used by the municipality. In light of the dire water situation in our province many think it should be routed back into town.

Swimming in the dam is a popular pastime with locals and visitors alike in the summer months in Hermanus.