Slight dam increases
THERE has been a slight increase in South Africa’s dam levels after light rains were experienced across the country this week, the Department of Water and Sanitation said.
The department said dam levels increased from 59.5% to 60%, for the same period last year, with South Africa’s dam levels averaging 57.7%.
“In the Western Cape, the average level keeps dropping alarmingly by 1% week on week. Recently it dropped from 24.5% to 23.7%,” the department said.
The heavy downpours over large parts of Gauteng last weekend resulted in water levels in the Vaal Dam increasing to 81.5%.
But the situation remains dire in the Eastern Cape where the catchment areas have experienced very low rainfall resulting in the Algoa system with five dams serving Nelson Mandela Bay declining from 26% to 25.6%.
The department warned that the Nelson Mandela metro remained under water restrictions and urged citizens to cut down on water usage.
There were no changes at Kouga, Impofu and Groendal dams, where levels are at 10.1%, 42% and 51%. Loerie dam is down from 84.3% to 83.9%.
In the Free State, the Bloemfontein system, with four dams serving mainly Mangaung increased by 0.9%, from 32.7% to 33.6%.
North West dam levels increased from 67.4% to 67.6%.
The Umgeni Dam system in KwaZuluNatal, serving eThekwini and uMsunduzi, increased from 61.5% to 62.5%. The system was at 49.3% in the same period last year while Midmar Dam levels increased from 92.7% to 95.5%. The dam level in Hazelmere decreased from 60.7% to 60.3%, with Inanda Dam also experiencing a decrease from 63% to 62.5%.
Northern Cape dams saw a slight decrease of 1% from last week.
In Limpopo province, Mokolo is at 78.6%, a decrease from last week’s 79.1%, Nandoni is down from 94.5% to 94.2%, as well as De Hoop, which is down from 98.3% to 97.8%.
Mpumalanga decreased from 76.9% last week to 76.8% this week. – 701198
RISING: Water levels are up after some rain fell countrywide.