Wel­come rain, but dam lev­els re­main se­ri­ously low

The Rep - - NEWS -

WHILE re­cent rains had brought slight re­lief to parts of the Chris Hani district, the acute drought and water short­age re­main.

Chris Hani District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity spokesman Thobeka Mqamelo said in a state­ment this week while some im­proved lev­els in un­der­ground sources and dams had been recorded, crit­i­cal sources re­mained in the red.

Con­sump­tion of water was high, with a need for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to con­tinue its calls for peo­ple to save water.

“CHDM has com­menced with aware­ness cam­paigns com­bined with the as­sess­ment of water leaks on premises. Pri­or­ity is given to schools, gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and busi­nesses that are re­flect­ing as high con­sumers with no op­er­a­tions that jus­tify it. The aware­ness cam­paigns will con­tinue to cover house­holds.”

Mqamelo said read­ings on Oc­to­ber 18 for dams mon­i­tored by CHDM and the Depart­ment of Water and San­i­ta­tion in­di­cated that the Par­adise Dam in Sterk­stroom was at 85% with an in­crease in the dam level, with Ju­bilee Dam in Molteno at 35% with a de­crease in the level. The Carnar­von Dam was at 85% with a de­crease in the level with the Bonkolo Dam at about 12%, below mea­sur­able level.

The Wa­ter­down Dam was at 73,89% with an in­crease in the level and the Xonxa Dam near Ca­cadu (of which the pipe­line to Ko­mani is set to be­come op­er­a­tional at year-end) at 100.45%.

The Machubeni Dam in Ca­cadu is at full ca­pac­ity with the Mun­nik Dam near Dor­drecht at 30%, a de­crease at­trib­uted to the pump­ing of water to the An­der­son Dam (cur­rently at 37%) to in­crease its lev­els.

The Tso­jana Dam at Cofimv­aba is at 97.98% with an in­crease in its level with the nearby Ncora Dam at 99.15%. The Thomp­son’s Dam near El­liot is at 100%.

Ex­ec­u­tive mayor Kholiswa Vim­bayo has called on the com­mu­nity to part­ner with the district mu­nic­i­pal­ity in pro­mot­ing water sav­ing and har­vest­ing ev­ery drop of rain that falls, she said. – Rep reporter

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