Average dam levels for the Bay and the province just above 60%

OCTOBER 6, 2016

The average water level in the five dams supplying the Nelson Mandela Bay is hovering just above 60%, which is the same story with all the dams supplying Eastern Cape communities. 

According to figures released this week by the Department of Water and Sanitation, the Metro's reservoirs, which started the year at an average 100% full, are currently at around 62.5% full.

The biggest drop has been witnessed at the Loerie dam (the smallest dam), which was virtually full at the start of the year, but now stands at a low 25% full. Below is the latest figures;

Dam and  Current Capacity

  • Kouga dam: 65.7%
  • Churchill dam: 60.40%
  • Impofu dam: 82.7%
  • Loerie dam: 25%
  • Groendal dam: 79.1%
  • Average all: 62.1%

At the end of August, the Nelson Mandela Bay Council approved the implementation of water restrictions, with immediate effect.

"The municipality has been using approximately 60 million litres more than its allocation daily and has not taken action to address this. The Minister of Water and Sanitation gazetted a notice containing a requirement for our usage to be decreased by 15% in April this year," Cllr Annette Lovemore, Member of the Mayoral Committee: Infrastructure, Engineering, Electricity and Energy, announced then.

Local residents are encouraged to do all they can to conserve water and to report leaks to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality as experts have warned of a general water crisis facing the country as a whole.

The full Eastern Cape water picture is a mixture of dams that are full and others critical.

In total Eastern Cape dams are about 64% full - last year, at this time, they were an average 80% full.

Eastern Cape Province State of Dams on 2016-10-03

FSC is full storage capacity in million cubic meters

DamRiverFSCThis WeekLast WeekLast Year
Beervlei Dam Groot River 85.8 0.0 0.0 0.0
Belfort Dam Mafube River 0.5 58.5 59.8 53.9
Binfield Dam Tyume River 36.9 92.1 92.8 100.0
Boesmanskrantzdam Oxkraal River 4.9 72.9 73.3 100.4
Bridle Drift Dam Buffalo River 98.0 65.1 66.5 101.2
Corana Dam Corana River 0.8 20.0 20.8 29.7
Darlington Dam Sondags River 180.9 27.2 28.0 43.5
De Mistkraal Dam Little Fish River 2.1 49.7 83.8 95.6
Debe Dam Debe River 6.4 74.3 75.1 100.0
Doornrivier Dam Doorn River 17.1 49.5 50.0 62.9
Elands Drift Dam Great Fish River 3.6 39.9 63.1 24.5
Gcuwa Dam Gcuwa River 0.5 64.2 18.2 93.7
Glen Melville Dam site 6.3 66.3 70.4 87.8
Grassridge Dam Groot Brak River 46.2 29.5 28.1 36.5
Groendal Dam Swartkops River 11.7 79.1 79.1 100.8
Gubu Dam Gubu River 8.6 94.6 95.0 100.8
Impofu Dam Krom River 105.8 82.7 83.1 100.9
Katrivier Dam Kat River 24.7 94.8 94.9 100.9
Kommandodrift Dam Tarka River 55.9 50.7 51.9 83.8
Kouga Dam Kouga River 126.0 65.7 66.1 100.7
Kromrivier Dam Krom River 35.3 60.6 61.5 100.7
Laing Dam Buffalo River 19.0 99.5 99.5 101.5
Loerie Dam Loeriespruit River 3.1 25.0 25.1 101.4
Lubisi Dam Indwe River 158.1 53.0 53.4 80.0
Mabeleni Dam Mhlahlane River 2.1 100.0 95.5 98.4
Macubeni Dam Cacadu River 3.4 85.0 81.1 91.6
Mlanga Dam Mlanga River 1.6 0.0 0.0 23.6
Nahoon Dam Nahoon River 19.3 88.6 89.8 97.6
Ncora Dam Tsomo River 147.3 46.3 46.7 55.3
Nqadu Dam Nqadu River 1.3 31.9 32.2 62.2
Nqweba Dam Sondags River 44.8 29.9 31.0 48.0
Ntenetyana Dam Ntenetyana River 1.7 43.4 43.7 #62.2
Oxkraal Dam Oskraal River 14.9 33.7 39.5 100.0
Rooikrans Dam Buffalo River 4.8 69.7 71.0 97.1
Sandile Dam Keiskamma River 29.7 70.9 71.5 100.4
Sterkspruit Dam Sterkspruit River 9.5 #99.3 99.3 95.2
Toleni Dam Toleni River 0.2 25.1 26.9 86.5
Tsojana Dam Tsojana River 12.3 93.0 92.7 99.5
Umtata Dam Mtata River 244.7 98.7 98.6 98.6
Waterdown Dam Klipplaat River 37.5 99.6 99.9 101.0
Wriggleswade Dam Kubisi River 91.5 87.9 88.0 100.5
Xilinxa Dam Xilinxa River 13.9 7.5 10.8 53.3
Xonxa Dam White Kei River 115.9 95.8 96.5 99.6

Total

1832.4

64.1

64.6

80.0