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Average Nelson Mandela Bay dam levels currently just above 60%

Sep 8, 2016
Average Nelson Mandela Bay dam levels currently just above 60%

Despite the intermittent showers over the Baviaanskloof catchment area at the start of September, the average water level in the five dams supplying the Nelson Mandela Bay is just above 60%. 

According to figures released on Tuesday by the municipality, the Metro's reservoirs, which started the year at an average 100% full, are currently at 62% full.

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 21.61% full. Below is the latest figures;

Dam and  Current Capacity

  • Koega dam: 66.23%
  • Churchill dam: 60.40%
  • Impofu dam: 83.67%
  • Loerie dam: 21.61%
  • Groendal dam: 78.78%
  • Average all: 62.1%

At the end of August, the Nelson Mandela Bay Council approved the implementation of water restrictions, with immediate effect.

"The municipality has been using approximately 60 million litres more than its allocation daily and has not taken action to address this. The Minister of Water and Sanitation gazetted a notice containing a requirement for our usage to be decreased by 15% in April this year," Cllr Annette Lovemore, Member of the Mayoral Committee: Infrastructure, Engineering, Electricity and Energy, announced then.

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.