Palmiet River

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Palmiet River
Palmiet River.jpg
Bridge over the Palmiet River between Betty's Bay and Kleinmond
CountrySouth Africa
StateWestern Cape
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationWestern Cape
 ⁃ location
Atlantic Ocean
 ⁃ elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Basin size500 km2 (190 sq mi)
An aerial photograph of the mouth of the Palmiet River as it flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

Palmiet River (Afrikaans: Palmietrivier) is a river located in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The Palmiet River is a typical Western Cape river, experiencing winter rainfall and it is important for the Western Cape Water Supply System. It has a small catchment area of 500 km2, flows through the expanse of the Elgin Valley, and reaches the ocean through an estuary.[1]

This river has five irrigation and hydro-power dams along its length, and provides water for agricultural and industrial uses, as well as to the city of Cape Town.[2] It is unclear why there has been an apparent increase in flow over the last 30 years.

This river is named after the plant known as Palmiet (Prionium serratum) and should not be confused with the Palmiet River near Durban,[3] or the Palmiet River which is a tributary of the Keurbooms River.

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Coordinates: 34°19′52.36″S 18°59′26.36″E / 34.3312111°S 18.9906556°E / -34.3312111; 18.9906556