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Nelson Mandela Bay reservoirs drop to 84.35%

MARCH 24, 2016
Nelson Mandela Bay reservoirs drop to 84.35%

According to data released on Tuesday by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the Metro's reservoirs, which started the year at an average 100% full, had now dropped to an average of 84.35%.

The Loerie dam (the smallest dam), which had recorded the biggest drop to 24.95%, started filling up to 27.9% last week and to 36.5% this week. Loerie dam was virtually full at the start of the year. Last year,around this time, it was 58.8% full. Below is the latest figures;

Dam: Capacity – Volume of water

  • Koega dam: 78.71% (was 80.1% last week)
  • Churchill dam: 83.35% (no data from last week)
  • Impofu dam: 92.27% (was 92.8% last week)
  • Loerie dam: 36.5% (was 27.9% last week)
  • Groendal dam: 88.83% (was 89.9% last week)
  • Average all: 84.35 %

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.

Watch: SuzelleDIY - How to be Water Wise, Guys (featuring Helen Zille)

Elsewhere in the Eastern Cape, there are mixed fortunes with some dams drying out and others holding on.

Combined, all provincial dams are 74.3% full (last year, at this time, was 75.8%).

Eastern Cape Province State of Dams on 2016-03-21

# Means latest available data. FSC is full storage capacity in million cubic meters

DamRiverFSCThis WeekLast WeekLast Year
Beervlei DamGroot River85.81.11.10.0
Belfort DamMafube River0.595.8100.0100.0
Binfield DamTyume River36.9100.0100.099.6
BoesmanskrantzdamOxkraal river4.987.487.299.5
Bridle Drift DamBuffalo River98.085.587.579.4
Corana DamCorana River0.833.933.643.9
Darlington DamSondags River180.926.422.335.2
De Mistkraal DamLittle Fish River2.191.6104.356.4
Debe damDebe river6.487.688.094.5
Doornrivier DamDoorn River17.157.657.863.6
Elands Drift DamGreat Fish River3.643.288.242.1
Gcuwa DamGcuwa River0.7#100.0100.068.1
Glen Melville Damsite6.398.995.165.7
Grassridge DamGroot Brak River46.254.853.834.1
Groendal DamSwartkops River11.789.089.998.4
Gubu DamGubu River8.6100.599.6100.6
Impofu DamKrom River105.892.392.859.5
Katrivier DamKat River24.7100.299.199.6
Kommandodrift DamTarka River55.965.765.270.2
Kouga DamKouga River126.078.880.171.1
Kromrivier DamKrom River35.383.484.752.5
Laing DamBuffalo River19.0100.9100.9100.9
Loerie DamLoerie Spruit3.136.527.958.8
Lubisi DamIndwe River158.166.766.583.8
Mabeleni DamMhlahlane River2.1100.0100.0100.0
Macubeni damCacadu river3.498.198.5100.0
Mlanga DamMlanga River1.611.612.745.5
Nahoon DamNahoon River19.367.767.862.2
Ncora DamTsomo River147.375.673.595.3
Nqadu DamNqadu River1.350.650.270.9
NqwebaSondags River44.838.739.352.5
Ntenetyana DamNtenetyana River1.654.140.6100.0
Oxkraal DamOskraal River14.952.952.697.5
Rooikrantz DamBuffalo River4.8100.3100.6100.2
Sandile DamKeiskamma River29.792.989.6100.2
Sterkspruit DamSterkspruit9.5#89.089.0101.0
Toleni DamToleni River0.255.151.279.7
Tsojana DamTsojana River12.3100.0100.0100.0
Umtata DamMtata River244.7101.1101.2101.2
Waterdown DamKlipplaat River37.591.396.099.6
Wriggleswade DamKubisi River91.5100.2101.4100.3
Xilinxa DamXilinxa River13.929.228.770.6
Xonxa DamWhite Kei River115.9100.5100.399.9

Total

1832.5

74.3

74.0

75.8