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Eastern Cape urged to save water as dams remain low amid water challenges

Feb 19, 2019
Eastern Cape urged to save water as dams remain low amid water challenges

The recently released dam levels report by the Department of Water and Sanitation indicated that in the Eastern Cape dam levels remain low amid water challenges in the province.

"Although residents have breathed a sigh of relief as intermittent rains raised their dam levels from 58,0% to 59,5%, the drought-stricken Kouga Dam continued to slide from 49,2% to 49,1%," said the department's Sputnik Ratau.

"However, Darlington Dam which gets water from Sunday’s River has slightly improved from 27.1% the previous week to 31.5% last week.

"Macubeni Dam in the Chris Hani District Municipality has shown s significant increase, improving from 81.3% to 99.4%."

Eastern Cape dams remain low amid water challenges

He said that Bonkolo Dam, which supplies water to Queenstown and surrounding areas is empty at 0%.

"Water is currently being drawn from Waterdown Dam, which is sitting at 52.6% compared to 68.1% this time last year," Ratau said.

"Xilinxa Dam in Butterworth remains constant at 22.1%, but is improved when compared to 8.8% at this time last year.

"Due to the good rains, Mthatha Dam has improved dramatically and is full at 101.1% compared to 98.3% the previous week."

The department appealed to residents to conserve and use water sparingly as the Province still grapples with the effects of drought and water challenges.

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