DWS warns against wa­ter us­age

African Times - - News - AKANI MANGENA

WITH drought al­ready bit­ing Cape Town, the Depart­ment of Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion (DWS) in Lim­popo has come out to warn wa­ter users to con­tinue us­ing wa­ter spar­ingly as the dam lev­els keeps on de­clin­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to stats, the prov­ince’s av­er­age dam lev­els were seated un­com­fort­ably at 65,7% a fort­night ago, which shows a slight de­cline com­pared to last week when read­ing recorded 65,8%.

The de­part­ments said, al­though there are slight de­cline, there is a con­sid­er­able im­prove­ment com­pared to 58,8% last year, how­ever it is not sat­is­fy­ing enough hence peo­ple must at all-time con­serve wa­ter.

Le­siba Tloubatla, the Depart­ment of Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion’s Lim­popo re­gional pleaded with the peo­ple of the prov­ince and those who are vis­it­ing be on alert when­ever vis­it­ing the dams or or rivers for recre­ational pur­poses.

“Peo­ple should not en­ter into the wa­ter if they are un­able to swim and par­ents should not leave their chil­dren play­ing along the dams of river banks unat­tended.

“Peo­ple should al­ways be care­ful es­pe­cially in places where it is in­di­cated that fish­ing and swim­ming is not al­lowed. Let us all play our role in mak­ing sure that our chil­dren do not be­come part of the sta­tis­tics and that we are safe at all times”, Tloubatla said.

The stats fur­ther shows that polok­wane wa­ter sup­ply sys­tems is at 48,5% show­ing no move­ment when com­pared to 48,5% two weeks back week. The Lu­vu­vhu wa­ter sup­ply sys­tems also has no move­ment, sit­ting at 93.0% like two weeks ago and Nan­doni dam cur­rently stands at 95, 89% as of last week which brings re­lief to com­mu­ni­ties.

Tza­neen Dam, Mokolo Dam and De Hoop Dam have all de­clined slightly last week.

“Look­ing at the sum­mary of Wa­ter man­age­ment area (WMA) for Lim­popo, last year this time the wa­ter lev­els were at 64,6% whereas now we are at 71,0%, and in the Oli­fants, it is now at 67.0%, an im­prove­ment com­pared to last year’s 56,5%.”

The depart­ment said, for the rea­son that wa­ter is a scarce re­source and cat­alytic to­wards eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, wa­ter users must there­fore con­serve wa­ter at all times.

It also said that in re­la­tion to the pro­vin­cial stor­age, even though the wa­ter lev­els are still in a sat­is­fy­ing per­cent­age, the prov­ince still needs to con­tinue to im­ple­ment wa­ter re­stric­tions so that re­li­able wa­ter pro­vi­sion is sus­tained un­til the rain comes.

Nan­doni Dam

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