Some dams improve but EC still in drought


The Eastern Cape average water storage marginally improved by 1% last week but water users are encouraged to use water wisely as the province is still faced with drought.

According to the dam levels report issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), the dam levels across the province improved from the previous week’s 67.1% to 68.1% last week.

However, there was a concern that these levels would drop drastically during the winter season.

The status of Mzimvubu-Tsitsikamma reservoir had improved to 68.0% lasts week. The report indicated that there had been an improvement in most dams in the province for areas such as Buffalo City Metro with dams like Laing Dam standing at 101%, Nahoon Dam 96.3%, Xilinxa Dam 52.9% and Rooikrantz Dam 100.5% last week. Amathole Water Supply System was moderate with recent rainfalls at 91.7%.

The area of Nelson Mandela Bay was still struggling, with dams there below the 50% average.

  • Kouga 10.2%
  • Impofu 37.5%
  • Groendal 49.7%

“Water users in Eastern Cape are encouraged to inculcate the culture of saving water at all times because the province remains a disaster as declared so by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs early this year,” the DWS said.

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