Water levels in Nelson Mandela Bay dams drop to 87%

MARCH 2, 2016

The situation is not yet critical, but water levels in the five dams supplying the Nelson Mandela Bay are falling. Figures released on Tuesday 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 86.78 %.

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 24.95% full. Below is the latest figures;

Dam: Capacity – Volume of water

  • Koega dam: 82.14%
  • Churchill dam: 86.76%
  • Impofu dam: 93.53%
  • Loerie dam: 24.95%
  • Groendal dam: 91.84% 
  • Average all: 86.78 %

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% full. 

Eastern Cape Province State of Dams as of 2016-02-29

# Means latest available data 

FSC is full storage capacity in million cubic meters

DamRiverFSCThis WeekLast WeekLast Year
Beervlei Dam Groot River 85.8 1.6 1.7 0.0
Belfort Dam Mafube River 0.5 100.0 100.0 100.0
Binfield Dam Tyume River 36.9 96.8 97.0 100.0
Boesmanskrantzdam Oxkraal river 4.9 86.3 88.5 99.8
Bridle Drift Dam Buffalo River 98.0 86.2 87.2 81.5
Corana Dam Corana River 0.8 30.5 31.2 44.6
Darlington Dam Sondags River 180.9 18.0 16.3 33.7
De Mistkraal Dam Little Fish River 2.1 98.2 93.3 80.7
Debe dam Debe river 6.4 87.6 88.1 95.9
Doornrivier Dam Doorn River 17.1 58.1 57.9 65.0
Elands Drift Dam Great Fish River 3.6 14.1 44.0 20.9
Gcuwa Dam Gcuwa River 0.7 100.0 96.2 60.7
Glen Melville Dam site 6.3 98.4 86.4 82.1
Grassridge Dam Groot Brak River 46.2 48.2 44.2 31.2
Groendal Dam Swartkops River 11.7 91.5 92.5 99.5
Gubu Dam Gubu River 8.6 95.7 95.4 100.3
Impofu Dam Krom River 105.8 93.5 94.1 61.6
Katrivier Dam Kat River 24.7 94.4 93.9 100.2
Kommandodrift Dam Tarka River 55.9 65.4 65.8 73.3
Kouga Dam Kouga River 126.0 82.4 83.8 74.7
Kromrivier Dam Krom River 35.3 87.0 88.2 54.4
Laing Dam Buffalo River 19.0 97.6 96.4 100.2
Loerie Dam Loerie Spruit 3.1 26.3 37.4 71.9
Lubisi Dam Indwe River 158.1 66.8 67.0 84.5
Mabeleni Dam Mhlahlane River 2.1 99.2 100.0 100.0
Macubeni dam Cacadu river 3.4 100.0 100.0 99.4
Mlanga Dam Mlanga River 1.6 12.6 13.5 46.6
Nahoon Dam Nahoon River 19.3 68.9 70.4 65.9
Ncora Dam Tsomo River 147.3 74.5 74.3 98.0
Nqadu Dam Nqadu River 1.3 49.9 50.2 69.5
Nqweba Sondags River 44.8 40.5 41.0 54.8
Ntenetyana Dam Ntenetyana River 1.6 40.5 40.6 #100.0
Oxkraal Dam Oskraal River 14.9 51.2 51.0 95.7
Rooikrantz Dam Buffalo River 4.8 97.3 97.8 100.3
Sandile Dam Keiskamma River 29.7 85.6 84.7 100.3
Sterkspruit Dam Sterkspruit 9.5 #77.9 #77.9 100.0
Toleni Dam Toleni River 0.2 45.9 41.3 87.9
Tsojana Dam Tsojana River 12.3 100.0 100.0 100.0
Umtata Dam Mtata River 244.7 100.6 101.2 100.9
Waterdown Dam Klipplaat River 37.5 89.5 89.6 100.3
Wriggleswade Dam Kubisi River 91.5 98.8 98.1 100.1
Xilinxa Dam Xilinxa River 13.9 27.7 28.0 73.5
Xonxa Dam White Kei River 115.9 100.0 100.6 100.4

Total

1832.5

73.0

73.1

76.7