Dam levels improve due to rainfall
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.”