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Eastern Cape dams on a decline, water users urged to conserve water

Aug 21, 2019
Eastern Cape dams on a decline, water users urged to conserve water

Port Elizabeth - Most parts of Eastern Cape province have experienced a lack of rain in recent months and this has led to a decline in dam levels.

According to the weekly dam levels report issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation, the combined average water levels in the province were at 56.4% on Thursday last week.

"These levels show a decline in the provincial water storage compared to the same period last year when the province has water storage of 60.9%," said Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation.

He sid that the Algoa Water Supply System with dams supplying water to Nelson Mandela Bay has declined to 42.2% (a 0.4% from the previous week).

"However, the system has improved compared to a meagre 18.4% during the same period last year."

Meanwhile, the Amathole Water Supply System, supplying water to Buffalo City also declined to 55.7% from 56.5% the previous week.

"A significant drop is noted in this system as it was bursting at the seams during the same period last year at 82.3%," Ratau said.

"The Kliplaat Water Supply System with dams supplying Chris Hani District was at 43.4% from 44.1% the previous week.

"The system was at 70.5% during the same period last year."

Eastern Cape dams on a decline

According to Ratau, the rest of the dams in the Eastern Cape were at the following levels:

  • Xonxa Dam 94.8% from 95.2 the previous week,
  • Lubisi Dam 48.9% from 49.4%  the previous week,
  • Macubeni Dam declined to 84.4% from 85.4% the previous week,
  • Xilinxa dam was at 8.5% from 9.2% the previous week,
  • Gcuwa Dam improved from 28.0% the previous week to 39.6%,
  • Kubisi Dam declined to 55.0% compared to 56.1% the previous week,
  • Brigle Drift also dropped to 43.1%, compared to 43.7% the previous week,
  • Kouga Dam decreased to 43.7% compared to 44.0% the previous week,
  • Loerie Dam was at 59.3% compared to 60.2% the previous week, and
  • The Impofu declined to 21.1% compared to 21.6% the previous week.

"The consistent decline of dam levels in Eastern Cape signifies that water saving measures need to be tightened by all water users to ensure water security for all," Ratau said.

"The Department of Water and Sanitation would like to urge communities, businesses and industry to head this call and use water sparingly at all times and adhere to water restrictions."

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