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Slight improvement in Eastern Cape dam levels, residents warned to reduce water use

Feb 7, 2019
Slight improvement in Eastern Cape dam levels, residents warned to reduce water use

The rains received over the past weekend across the Eastern Cape province resulted in a slight improvement of a mere 2% in the provincial dam levels.

"The Eastern Cape water levels remain concerning at 58% this week from 56% last week," said Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation.

"The weekly report released by the Department of Water and Sanitation show that concerted efforts are needed from government, water, civil society organisations and the general public to encourage water conservation."

He said that the Eastern Cape province continues to feel drought effects in most parts of the province.

"The Kouga Dam has improved, with water levels at 49.3% this week, compared to 48.6% last week.

"Recording an improvement is Loerie Dam which increased to 44.1% this week, compared to 39.4% in previous week," he added.

"Experiencing a decline is Impofu Dam, decreasing from 32.2% last week to 31.6% this week.

"Ncora Dam improved from 73.5% last week to 79.0% this week, Macubeni Dam is at 81.3% this week, compared to 65.8% last week, and Lubisi Dam also improved from 43.6% last week to 45.5% this week."

Good rains recorded across Eastern and Southern Cape over the weekend

Slight improvement in dam levels in Eastern Cape but water users warned to curtail water use

Ratau said that Xilinxa Dam in Amathole District continues with a concerning decline, dropping from 25.5% last week to 22.1% this week.

"Other dams in Amathole have shown signs of improvement with Nahoon Dam increasing to 70.1% this week compared to 68.1% last week," he described.

"Rooikrantz Dam is at 40.8% this week, as compared to 37.0% last week and Briddle Drift Dam dropped from last week’s position of 48.9% to 43.8% this week.

"Mzimvubu- Tsitsikama Catchment Area gained some little water in the past week, improviving to 57.9% this week compared to 56.0% last week."

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