Dam lev­els im­prove due to rain­fall

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - FREE STATE NEWS - BECKER SEMELA beck­ers@the­newage.co.za

FREE State res­i­dents es­pe­cially farm­ers can breath a sigh of re­lief as wa­ter lev­els in var­i­ous dams have in­creased fol­low­ing con­sis­tent rain­fall in re­cent weeks.

The de­part­ment of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion in the prov­ince re­ported that the in­creas­ing dam lev­els could see com­mu­ni­ties that have been strug­gling with wa­ter sup­plies due to the drought re­ceiv­ing more wa­ter. De­part­ment spokesper­son Mar­cus Monyak­eni con­firmed that the av­er­age dam level im­proved as com­pared to last week where it was at 88.4% with it now stand­ing at 92.2%.

“This is a slight 4.2% in­crease af­ter the much an­tic­i­pated rain­fall,” Monyak­eni said.

He said that the lat­est re­port by the de­part­ment of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion states that the Bloem­fontein wa­ter sys­tem is at 52.9% com­pared to last week’s 48.4% which is a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease.

“It is served by Rust­fontein dam at 47.7% fol­lowed by Groothoek 55.4% and Welbe­dacht dam 81.8%, fol­lowed by Knellpoort at 54.3%,” Monyak­eni said.

He said his de­part­ment was pleased about the in­crease of main dams in the prov­ince.

“Krugers­drift dam is at 103%, Bloemhoff at 94.2%, Gariep dam at 101.3%, Van­derk­loof dam 75.7% and Fika­p­atso dam at 58.2%.”

He said res­i­dents should bear in mind that wa­ter re­stric­tions in the prov­ince would con­tinue be­ing im­ple­mented un­til the dam lev­els were sat­is­fac­tory.

“The de­part­ment would like to urge wa­ter users to con­tinue us­ing wa­ter spar­ingly and to save ev­ery lit­tle drop.”

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