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Save water: Water levels in Nelson Mandela Bay dams drop to 82.8%

Apr 15, 2016
Save water: Water levels in Nelson Mandela Bay dams drop to 82.8%

The situation is probably not yet critical, but water levels in the five dams supplying the Nelson Mandela Bay are falling. Figures released this 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 82.79%.

Since, we are only in the fourth 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: 76.06%
  • Churchill dam: 79.84%
  • Impofu dam: 90.41%
  • Loerie dam: 21.38%
  • Groendal dam: 87.03% 
  • Average all: 82.79%

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.

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

Combined, all provincial dams are 73.7% full - at this time last year, the dams were 81.3%. 

Eastern Cape Province State of Dams as of 2016-04-11

# Means latest available data 

FSC is full storage capacity in million cubic meters

DamRiverFSCThis WeekLast WeekLast Year
Beervlei DamGroot River85.81.10.20.0
Belfort DamMafube River0.597.792.599.2
Binfield DamTyume River36.999.9100.0100.0
BoesmanskrantzdamOxkraal river4.985.185.9100.5
Bridle Drift DamBuffalo River98.082.684.5103.5
Corana DamCorana River0.833.632.549.7
Darlington DamSondags River180.932.430.346.2
De Mistkraal DamLittle Fish River2.191.288.589.3
Debe damDebe river6.485.786.497.9
Doornrivier DamDoorn River17.156.357.970.2
Elands Drift DamGreat Fish River3.653.545.530.0
Gcuwa DamGcuwa River0.750.276.4100.0
Glen Melville Damsite6.390.194.894.6
Grassridge DamGroot Brak River46.242.746.757.3
Groendal DamSwartkops River11.787.588.5100.9
Gubu DamGubu River8.699.599.7100.8
Impofu DamKrom River105.890.491.058.5
Katrivier DamKat River24.7100.099.9100.4
Kommandodrift DamTarka River55.963.764.685.2
Kouga DamKouga River126.076.277.176.2
Kromrivier DamKrom River35.380.081.867.7
Laing DamBuffalo River19.099.9100.0101.8
Loerie DamLoerie Spruit3.122.930.6100.8
Lubisi DamIndwe River158.165.465.786.9
Mabeleni DamMhlahlane River2.1100.0100.0100.0
Macubeni damCacadu river3.494.795.1100.0
Mlanga DamMlanga River1.69.49.744.8
Nahoon DamNahoon River19.369.868.985.7
Ncora DamTsomo River147.372.874.3101.1
Nqadu DamNqadu River1.350.550.274.4
NqwebaSondags River44.850.637.755.7
Ntenetyana DamNtenetyana River1.656.755.396.5
Oxkraal DamOskraal River14.958.962.8100.0
Rooikrantz DamBuffalo River4.899.499.5100.7
Sandile DamKeiskamma River29.792.492.9100.6
Sterkspruit DamSterkspruit9.592.092.1100.5
Toleni DamToleni River0.249.951.289.4
Tsojana DamTsojana River12.399.299.3100.0
Umtata DamMtata River244.7100.7100.5101.4
Waterdown DamKlipplaat River37.596.298.2100.5
Wriggleswade DamKubisi River91.598.799.2100.5
Xilinxa DamXilinxa River13.926.228.269.5
Xonxa DamWhite Kei River115.999.198.9101.5

Total

1832.5

73.7

73.8

81.3