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Nelson Mandela Bay dams lost almost 3% in past two weeks

Feb 3, 2016
Nelson Mandela Bay dams lost almost 3% in past two weeks

The situation is not yet critical, but the South African Weather Services office in Port Elizabeth has advised that we all take steps to save water – especially after our Dam levels have dropped by almost 3% in last two weeks.

“Although the [Nelson Mandela Bay] Metro is not in a drought situation, it is still a good idea to give a heads up to all, for the long term, to use water sparingly,” said Garth Sampson, the SA Weather Services' Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape.

According to data released on Tuesday by the municipality, the Metro's reservoirs, which started the year at an average 100% full, have now dropped to an average of 91.71%.

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 39.62% full. Below are the latest figures;

Dam: Capacity – Volume of water

  • Koega dam: 88.81%
  • Churchill dam: 92.79%
  • Impofu dam: 95.91%
  • Loerie dam: 39.62%
  • Groendal dam: 95.27%
  • Average all: 91.71%

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.

For the full data on the Eastern Cape’s water situation, click HERE.

Water supply breakdown in East London

On Tuesday, the Buffalo City Municipality in East London also advised that Amatola Water’s main reservoirs, which supplies bulk water to the municipality’s residents are very low due to a power breakdown that happened yesterday at their Laing Water Treatment Works. 

“This has resulted into little/ no water coming into our distribution reservoirs, which affects water supply to the following areas: Bisho, Sweetwaters, Golf Course, Ilitha, Berlin, Mabaleni, Nkqonqweni, Mncotsho, Needscamp/Kuni villages, Msintsini, Khayelitsha, WSU, Qongqotha, Tshabo villages and Mt Coke villages,” the municipality said.

“The municipality is assisting with water tankers in the critically affected areas. Amatola Water supply system may take 2-5 days to fully recover, therefore consumers are requested to use water sparingly so that the system can recover quickly.”