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Dam levels in the Eastern Cape on a decline, fear Makhanda running out of water

Jan 31, 2019
Dam levels in the Eastern Cape on a decline, fear Makhanda running out of water

High temperatures and exceedingly hot days have resulted in the dam levels in the Eastern Cape Province dropping drastically due to evaporation.

A water weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) indicates that the provincial levels have dropped from 57,4% to 56.0%, a decrease of 1.4%.

"Algoa Water Supply System with major dams covering Nelson Mandela Bay, including Sarah Baartman District, has dropped by 1,1% and is sitting at 48.9% this week," described Department of Water and Sanitation, spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau.

"Kouga Dam was recorded at 48.6% this week, a drop of 1.1% this week. Impofu Dam has declined from 33.7 to 32.2% this week."

He said that the Klipplaat Water Supply System, with dams serving Indwe Dam in the Chris Hani District, has drop to 43.6%, compared to 44.4% last week, Boesmanskrantz Dam increased 23.8% to 25.0% this week.

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Makhanda Dams almost dried up

The department said it was particularly concerned about Makhanda Dam in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown), which has almost dried up.

This has led to fears that the area may be without water by mid-February. However, the Department of Water and Sanitation has partnered with the Makhanda Municipality and the provincial government to obviate a total disaster.

"Lubisi Dam is sitting at 43.6% t compared to 44.4% last week.

"Major dams supplying Buffalo City Metro under Amathole Water Supply System have improved from 66.6% last week to 67.9% this week, an increase of 1.3%," Ratau added.

"Bridle Drift also gained in the recent rains from 44.3% last week to 48.9% this week, a gain of 4.6%, Nahoon Dam rose from 67.6% to 68.1 this weekand Xilinxa dam declined rapidly and is sitting at 25.5% this week.

"The department is appealing to water consumers in the province to use water wisely during this time of drought and report leakages in their areas."

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