Residents anxious for rain as dam levels sink
DAM levels in the Eastern Cape continue to drop as residents in the province watch the skies, hoping for rain.
Details on dam levels, provided by the Water Affairs Department on Monday, show a stark contrast between this year’s figures and those of last year at the same time.
The level of the Waterdown Dam, which currently serves as the main water source for Komani and surrounds, has dipped below 60% and was at 59.1% this week, compared with 98.8% last year.
The Xonxa Dam, from which water will be accessed in the future to supplement the local water supply, is at 96.9%, up slightly from the 96.4% of last year.
The Wriggleswade Dam near Stutterheim is at 75.9%, down significantly from the 91.1% at the same time in 2016, while the Gubu Dam near the town is at 91.0% compared with 97% during the corresponding period.
The Oxkraal Dam near Whittlesea is at 28.7%, down from 50%.