Save water: Water levels in Nelson Mandela Bay dams drop to 82.8%
The situation is probably not yet critical, but water levels in the five dams supplying the Nelson Mandela Bay are falling. Figures released this week by the municipality show that the Metro's reservoirs, which started the year at an average 100% full, had now dropped to an average of 82.79%.
Since, we are only in the fourth month, this does not make a good prospect if the drought experienced across the country persists.
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 21.38% full. Below is the latest figures;
Dam: Capacity – Volume of water
- Koega dam: 76.06%
- Churchill dam: 79.84%
- Impofu dam: 90.41%
- Loerie dam: 21.38%
- Groendal dam: 87.03%
- Average all: 82.79%
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.
Elsewhere in the Eastern Cape, there are mixed fortunes with some dams drying out and others holding on.
Combined, all provincial dams are 73.7% full - at this time last year, the dams were 81.3%.
Eastern Cape Province State of Dams as of 2016-04-11
# Means latest available data
FSC is full storage capacity in million cubic meters
|Dam||River||FSC||This Week||Last Week||Last Year|
|Beervlei Dam||Groot River||85.8||1.1||0.2||0.0|
|Belfort Dam||Mafube River||0.5||97.7||92.5||99.2|
|Binfield Dam||Tyume River||36.9||99.9||100.0||100.0|
|Bridle Drift Dam||Buffalo River||98.0||82.6||84.5||103.5|
|Corana Dam||Corana River||0.8||33.6||32.5||49.7|
|Darlington Dam||Sondags River||180.9||32.4||30.3||46.2|
|De Mistkraal Dam||Little Fish River||2.1||91.2||88.5||89.3|
|Debe dam||Debe river||6.4||85.7||86.4||97.9|
|Doornrivier Dam||Doorn River||17.1||56.3||57.9||70.2|
|Elands Drift Dam||Great Fish River||3.6||53.5||45.5||30.0|
|Gcuwa Dam||Gcuwa River||0.7||50.2||76.4||100.0|
|Glen Melville Dam||site||6.3||90.1||94.8||94.6|
|Grassridge Dam||Groot Brak River||46.2||42.7||46.7||57.3|
|Groendal Dam||Swartkops River||11.7||87.5||88.5||100.9|
|Gubu Dam||Gubu River||8.6||99.5||99.7||100.8|
|Impofu Dam||Krom River||105.8||90.4||91.0||58.5|
|Katrivier Dam||Kat River||24.7||100.0||99.9||100.4|
|Kommandodrift Dam||Tarka River||55.9||63.7||64.6||85.2|
|Kouga Dam||Kouga River||126.0||76.2||77.1||76.2|
|Kromrivier Dam||Krom River||35.3||80.0||81.8||67.7|
|Laing Dam||Buffalo River||19.0||99.9||100.0||101.8|
|Loerie Dam||Loerie Spruit||3.1||22.9||30.6||100.8|
|Lubisi Dam||Indwe River||158.1||65.4||65.7||86.9|
|Mabeleni Dam||Mhlahlane River||2.1||100.0||100.0||100.0|
|Macubeni dam||Cacadu river||3.4||94.7||95.1||100.0|
|Mlanga Dam||Mlanga River||1.6||9.4||9.7||44.8|
|Nahoon Dam||Nahoon River||19.3||69.8||68.9||85.7|
|Ncora Dam||Tsomo River||147.3||72.8||74.3||101.1|
|Nqadu Dam||Nqadu River||1.3||50.5||50.2||74.4|
|Ntenetyana Dam||Ntenetyana River||1.6||56.7||55.3||96.5|
|Oxkraal Dam||Oskraal River||14.9||58.9||62.8||100.0|
|Rooikrantz Dam||Buffalo River||4.8||99.4||99.5||100.7|
|Sandile Dam||Keiskamma River||29.7||92.4||92.9||100.6|
|Toleni Dam||Toleni River||0.2||49.9||51.2||89.4|
|Tsojana Dam||Tsojana River||12.3||99.2||99.3||100.0|
|Umtata Dam||Mtata River||244.7||100.7||100.5||101.4|
|Waterdown Dam||Klipplaat River||37.5||96.2||98.2||100.5|
|Wriggleswade Dam||Kubisi River||91.5||98.7||99.2||100.5|
|Xilinxa Dam||Xilinxa River||13.9||26.2||28.2||69.5|
|Xonxa Dam||White Kei River||115.9||99.1||98.9||101.5|
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