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Nelson Mandela Bay dam levels fall below 80%

MAY 10, 2016
Nelson Mandela Bay dam levels fall below 80%

Fort the first time this year, the average water level in the five dams supplying the Nelson Mandela Bay have now fallen to below 80%. Figures released late last week by the municipality show that the Metro's reservoirs, which started the year at an average 100% full, had now dropped to an average of 79.30%.

Since, we are only early in fifth month, this does not make a good prospect if the drought experienced across the country 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 21.38% full. Below is the latest figures;

Dam: Capacity – Volume of water

  • Koega dam: 72.77%
  • Churchill dam: 76.75%
  • Impofu dam: 88.80%
  • Loerie dam: 27.69%
  • Groendal dam: 84.79% 
  • Average all: 79.30 %

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.