Nelson Mandela Bay dams still 100% full

NOVEMBER 20, 2015

While those in Gauteng, the Northern Cape and Free State are facing water shortages brought on by a drought, it seems residents of the Nelson Mandela Bay region are much better off.

Figures released this week by the Department of Water and Sanitation show that the five dams supplying water to the Nelson Mandela Bay and Kouga municipalities are still 100% full.

Dam: Capacity – Volume of water

  • Kouga dam: 97,9% – 125 910 Ml
  • Churchill dam: 96,2% –  35 240 Ml
  • Impofu dam: 99,1% – 105 757 Ml
  • Loerie dam: 77,5% – 3 026 Ml
  • Groendal dam: 97,6% – 11 640 Ml
  • Average all: 100% for a total combined capacity of 281 573 Ml.

Still, 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.

Across the Eastern Cape, it is, however, mixed bag with some dams full and others critical.

According to the Department of Water and Sanitation, in total Eastern Cape dams are about 71% full.

Eastern Cape Province State of Dams on 2015-11-16

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

40.9

42.5

62.8

Binfield Dam

Tyume River

36.9

100.0

99.8

96.7

Boesmanskrantzdam

Oxkraal river

4.9

99.8

88.6

90.2

Bridle Drift Dam

Buffalo River

98.0

99.2

99.8

85.6

Corana Dam

Corana River

0.8

25.4

26.2

49.6

Darlington Dam

Sondags River

180.9

34.0

36.2

30.3

De Mistkraal Dam

Little Fish River

2.1

82.2

82.5

100.7

Debe dam

Debe river

6.4

98.1

98.7

92.7

Doornrivier Dam

Doorn River

17.1

62.5

62.5

64.4

Elands Drift Dam

Great Fish River

3.6

29.4

21.2

49.1

Gcuwa Dam

Gcuwa River

0.7

100.0

94.0

100.0

Grassridge Dam

Groot Brak River

46.2

25.8

25.8

38.0

Groendal Dam

Swartkops River

11.7

100.4

100.4

100.3

Gubu Dam

Gubu River

8.6

95.5

100.0

100.3

Impofu Dam

Krom River

105.8

100.4

100.7

70.2

Katrivier Dam

Kat River

24.7

100.3

100.3

100.3

Kommandodrift Dam

Tarka River

55.9

76.9

78.5

82.3

Kouga Dam

Kouga River

126.0

100.1

100.4

86.1

Kromrivier Dam

Krom River

35.3

100.4

100.6

59.9

Laing Dam

Buffalo River

19.0

100.5

100.8

100.8

Loerie Dam

Loerie Spruit

3.1

100.9

100.9

68.4

Lubisi Dam

Indwe River

158.1

76.8

77.6

84.6

Mabeleni Dam

Mhlahlane River

2.1

97.5

96.5

98.0

Macubeni dam

Cacadu river

3.4

83.5

86.4

89.1

Mlanga Dam

Mlanga River

1.6

16.7

17.8

54.1

Nahoon Dam

Nahoon River

19.3

92.5

93.7

82.7

Ncora Dam

Tsomo River

147.3

50.1

49.7

79.8

Nqadu Dam

Nqadu River

1.3

56.3

57.0

68.7

Nqweba

Sondags River

44.8

44.3

45.2

68.1

Ntenetyana Dam

Ntenetyana River

1.6

49.8

51.0

72.8

Oxkraal Dam

Oskraal River

14.9

98.7

98.8

94.9

Rooikrantz Dam

Buffalo River

4.8

100.0

100.0

78.7

Sandile Dam

Keiskamma River

29.7

100.2

100.3

89.5

Sterkspruit Dam

Sterkspruit

9.5

88.9

89.6

101.0

Toleni Dam

Toleni River

0.2

75.9

78.1

88.8

Tsojana Dam

Tsojana River

12.3

99.2

99.3

98.4

Umtata Dam

Mtata River

244.7

97.9

97.8

92.6

Waterdown Dam

Klipplaat River

37.5

100.2

100.4

100.5

Wriggleswade Dam

Kubisi River

91.5

99.8

99.8

100.1

Xilinxa Dam

Xilinxa River

13.9

43.8

43.6

74.1

Xonxa Dam

White Kei River

115.9

98.1

98.7

100.4

In total, the dams have 1826.3 Ml and actually dropped from last week’s average of 77.5%. Last year at this time, Eastern Cape dams were 76% full.