Nelson Mandela Bay reservoirs drop to 84.35%

MARCH 24, 2016

According to data released on Tuesday by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the Metro's reservoirs, which started the year at an average 100% full, had now dropped to an average of 84.35%.

The Loerie dam (the smallest dam), which had recorded the biggest drop to 24.95%, started filling up to 27.9% last week and to 36.5% this week. Loerie dam was virtually full at the start of the year. Last year,around this time, it was 58.8% full. Below is the latest figures;

Dam: Capacity – Volume of water

  • Koega dam: 78.71% (was 80.1% last week)
  • Churchill dam: 83.35% (no data from last week)
  • Impofu dam: 92.27% (was 92.8% last week)
  • Loerie dam: 36.5% (was 27.9% last week)
  • Groendal dam: 88.83% (was 89.9% last week)
  • Average all: 84.35 %

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.

Watch: SuzelleDIY - How to be Water Wise, Guys (featuring Helen Zille)

Elsewhere in the Eastern Cape, there are mixed fortunes with some dams drying out and others holding on.

Combined, all provincial dams are 74.3% full (last year, at this time, was 75.8%).

Eastern Cape Province State of Dams on 2016-03-21

# Means latest available data. FSC is full storage capacity in million cubic meters

DamRiverFSCThis WeekLast WeekLast Year
Beervlei Dam Groot River 85.8 1.1 1.1 0.0
Belfort Dam Mafube River 0.5 95.8 100.0 100.0
Binfield Dam Tyume River 36.9 100.0 100.0 99.6
Boesmanskrantzdam Oxkraal river 4.9 87.4 87.2 99.5
Bridle Drift Dam Buffalo River 98.0 85.5 87.5 79.4
Corana Dam Corana River 0.8 33.9 33.6 43.9
Darlington Dam Sondags River 180.9 26.4 22.3 35.2
De Mistkraal Dam Little Fish River 2.1 91.6 104.3 56.4
Debe dam Debe river 6.4 87.6 88.0 94.5
Doornrivier Dam Doorn River 17.1 57.6 57.8 63.6
Elands Drift Dam Great Fish River 3.6 43.2 88.2 42.1
Gcuwa Dam Gcuwa River 0.7 #100.0 100.0 68.1
Glen Melville Dam site 6.3 98.9 95.1 65.7
Grassridge Dam Groot Brak River 46.2 54.8 53.8 34.1
Groendal Dam Swartkops River 11.7 89.0 89.9 98.4
Gubu Dam Gubu River 8.6 100.5 99.6 100.6
Impofu Dam Krom River 105.8 92.3 92.8 59.5
Katrivier Dam Kat River 24.7 100.2 99.1 99.6
Kommandodrift Dam Tarka River 55.9 65.7 65.2 70.2
Kouga Dam Kouga River 126.0 78.8 80.1 71.1
Kromrivier Dam Krom River 35.3 83.4 84.7 52.5
Laing Dam Buffalo River 19.0 100.9 100.9 100.9
Loerie Dam Loerie Spruit 3.1 36.5 27.9 58.8
Lubisi Dam Indwe River 158.1 66.7 66.5 83.8
Mabeleni Dam Mhlahlane River 2.1 100.0 100.0 100.0
Macubeni dam Cacadu river 3.4 98.1 98.5 100.0
Mlanga Dam Mlanga River 1.6 11.6 12.7 45.5
Nahoon Dam Nahoon River 19.3 67.7 67.8 62.2
Ncora Dam Tsomo River 147.3 75.6 73.5 95.3
Nqadu Dam Nqadu River 1.3 50.6 50.2 70.9
Nqweba Sondags River 44.8 38.7 39.3 52.5
Ntenetyana Dam Ntenetyana River 1.6 54.1 40.6 100.0
Oxkraal Dam Oskraal River 14.9 52.9 52.6 97.5
Rooikrantz Dam Buffalo River 4.8 100.3 100.6 100.2
Sandile Dam Keiskamma River 29.7 92.9 89.6 100.2
Sterkspruit Dam Sterkspruit 9.5 #89.0 89.0 101.0
Toleni Dam Toleni River 0.2 55.1 51.2 79.7
Tsojana Dam Tsojana River 12.3 100.0 100.0 100.0
Umtata Dam Mtata River 244.7 101.1 101.2 101.2
Waterdown Dam Klipplaat River 37.5 91.3 96.0 99.6
Wriggleswade Dam Kubisi River 91.5 100.2 101.4 100.3
Xilinxa Dam Xilinxa River 13.9 29.2 28.7 70.6
Xonxa Dam White Kei River 115.9 100.5 100.3 99.9

Total

1832.5

74.3

74.0

75.8