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'Dam levels dropping at an alarming rate week-on-week' - save water

Dec 13, 2018
'Dam levels dropping at an alarming rate week-on-week' - save water

With the dam levels dropping at an alarming rate week-on-week and the rainfall far in between, the Department of Water and Sanitation is calling on all South Africans to save water as much as they can to ensure that the country does not run out of water.

A weekly report issued by the department estimates the average water storage country-wide has declined to 66,5% this week, from 67. 3% the previous week.

"During the same period last, the national water storage was at 60%," described Department of Water & Sanitation spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau.

"North West Province and KwaZulu-Natal dam are running half-full at at 50,8% and 56,2% respectively. The North West has lost 16,2% of its water levels in the past two months, worse than it was in the same period last year when it recorded 74,7%.

"This has forced Kgetleng Local Municipality in Swartruggens to impose stringent water restrictions after the Swartruggens Dam hit a low of 6,4% this week."

He said that in the KwaZulu Natal, the Umgeni Integrated System that comprises Albert Falls, Nagle and Inanda dams, decreased by a fraction from 62,8% last week to 62,3% .

"The Inanda Dam is at 61,5%, Albert Falls water dam levels decreased from 40,3% to 39,6%; Nagle increased from 68,2% to 69,4% and Hazelmere has decreased from 49,7% to 49,2%."

Eastern Cape dam levels also lower

Ratau said that the Eastern Cape dam levels have decreased by a fraction from 61,3% last week to 60,9% this week.

"The Kouga Dam increased from 55,0% to 55,1% ; Loerie Dam decreased from 67,8% to 61,9%," described.

"Umtata Dam levels increased by a fraction from 94,9% to 95,6%."

The Western Cape, where some dam levels were just over 80% dam last month, is now standing at an average 58,8%.

"The Voelvlei Dam water levels decreased from 89,6% to 88,6%. The Theewaterskloof Dam, one of the main six dams supplying the City of Cape Town, has decreased from 54,4% to 53,3%," Ratau said.

"Clanwilliam Dam decreased from 84,5% to 81,1% The Vaal Dam in Gauteng also continues to lose water as it recorded 77,0%, a slight decrease from 78,0% recorded last week. The Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) decreased from 71,9% to 71,3% when compared to the same time last year, the system was at 71,1%."

Free State Province dam levels decreased from 78,2% to 77,1%. Last year during the same time they were recorded at 68,5%.

Meanwhile, the Northern Cape Province is at 73,0% this week, a decrease from 74,6% from last week. Karee Dam in the Northern Cape decreased from 47,0% to 45,6%.

Limpopo continued to lose its levels as its average dams plunged from 59,9% to 59,6% this week.

"Magoebaskloof Dam (Tzaneen) increased from 100,1% to 100,6%, Hans Merensky Dam (Phalaborwa) decreased from 78,6% to 78,0% and Flag Boshielo (Polokwane) went down from 76,2% to 75,3%," Ratau said. 

"Mpumalanga also decreased its levels from 66,9% to 66,2% .The province has dams such as the Nooigedacht which decreased from 94,5% to 93,6%, Longmere Dam decreased from 65,6% to 59,6 and Vygeboom increased from 94,5% to 95,0%.

"The Department of Water & Sanitation would like to remind water users that South Africa is a water scarce country, therefore it is of importance that the current water resources at our disposal are conserved so that our taps do not run dry."

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