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Eastern Cape dam levels dropped slightly this week

Jan 18, 2019
Eastern Cape dam levels dropped slightly this week

The Eastern Cape's combined dam levels dropped by a fraction this week, the Department of Water and Sanitation announced.

"The Eastern Cape dam levels have decreased by a fraction from 58,6% to 58,0%," described Department of Water and Sanitation, Putnik Ratau.

"Lake Arthur decreased from 15,0% to 14,1%; Kat Rivier increased from 82,0% to 82,4% and Nuwejaars is at 25,0%."

He said that the Algoa Water Supply System decreased from 51,2% to 50,4%.

"The Kouga dam decreased from 51,6% to 50,7%; the Loerie decreased from 47,7% to 44,5% and Impofu decreased from 34,4% to 33,7%."

Western Cape dam levels also dropped slightly

In the Western Cape dam levels have decreased by 1,1% from 52,5% to 51,4%, Ratau said.

"The Voelvlei Dam water levels decreased from 81,9% to 80,2%.The Theewaterskloof Dam, has decreased from 49,4% to 48,4%. Calitzdorp has decreased from 8,5% to 8,2% and the Clanwilliam Dam water levels decreased from 66,0% to 63,8%."

He also said that a heat wave blowing through South Africa’s inland has seen dam levels dropping this week, .

However, a weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation indicates that dam levels remain unchanged from last week at 64,2%.

"The good news is that dam levels in all nine provinces are above 50% after most parts of the country experienced heavy rainfalls. Despite the state of water, DWS is appealing to citizens to use water sparingly for it sustain the country throughout a dry winter season."

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