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'Water crisis remains critical in Nelson Mandela Bay'

Jun 1, 2018
'Water crisis remains critical in Nelson Mandela Bay'

The Department of Water and Sanitation says that average water levels for dams across the Eastern Cape Province have decreased slightly during the past week and are currently sitting at 67.9%.

According to Sputnik Ratau, Departmental Spokesperson, "The water crisis remains critical in other parts of the province such as Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB)."

He added that the water storage levels in dams supplying the Nelson Mandela Bay is below 35% this week, compared to previous year at this time it was 38.2%.

"The Algoa Water Supply System with five major dams serving this area of Nelson Mandela Bay is struggling, with the exception of Loerie Dam sitting at 93.5%, Kouga Dam is currently 8.6%, compared to last week’s 8.9% at this time of the year and Impofu Dam is sitting at 33.6% this week, last week, it was 34.1%.

"Meanwhile, the Mzimvubu - Tsitsikama Catchment is declining at 67.7% this week, compared to 68.0% capacity last week."

Ratau said that the Amathole Water Supply System dams are at 91.7 % capacity, compared to last year’s 69.6% at this time.

"The Department of Water and Sanitation is urging residents in the province to use water sparingly and for all sectors to adhere to water restrictions that are in place."