Average dam levels for the Bay and the province just above 60%
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
|Dam||River||FSC||This Week||Last Week||Last 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|
|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|
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