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Nelson Mandela Bay dam levels drop to 71%

May 24, 2016
Nelson Mandela Bay dam levels drop to 71%

The average water levels in the five dams supplying the Nelson Mandela Bay currently stands at 71.15% according to figures released on Monday by the municipality. The Metro's reservoirs started the year at an average 100% full.

Since, we are only early in fifth month, this does not make a good prospect if the drought experienced across the country from early this year persists.

The biggest drop has been witnessed at the Loerie dam (the smallest dam), which was virtually full at the start of the year, but now stands at a low 40.15% full. Below is the latest figures;

Dam and  Current Capacity

  • Koega dam: 70.34%
  • Churchill dam: 73.80%
  • Impofu dam: 87.37%
  • Loerie dam: 40.15%
  • Groendal dam: 84.11%
  • Average all: 71.15%

Local residents are encouraged to do all they can to conserve water and to report leaks to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality as experts have warned of a general water crisis facing the country as a whole.