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Water levels at Nelson Mandela Bay dams dropping

Jan 26, 2016
Water levels at Nelson Mandela Bay dams dropping

They have not reached panic levels yet, but water levels in the five dams supplying the Nelson Mandela Bay are falling. Figures released on Monday 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 92.96%.

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 44.75% full. Below is the latest figures;

Dam: Capacity – Volume of water

  • Koega dam: 90.42%
  • Churchill dam: 94.11%
  • Impofu dam: 96.55%
  • Loerie dam: 44.75%
  • Groendal dam: 96.82% 
  • Average all: 92.96%

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.

Data was not immediately available for dams across the Eastern Cape for this week. 

The Nelson Mandela Bay region has so far seemingly evaded the drought and water shortages experienced in the northern parts of the Eastern Cape and the country.