Slight dam in­creases

The New Age (Free State) - - NEWS - TNA RE­PORTER

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

PIC­TURE: ROBERT TLAPU

RIS­ING: Wa­ter lev­els are up after some rain fell coun­try­wide.

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