Dam levels continue to drop

Dam levels continue to drop

The Department of Water and Sanitation says water levels are continuing to drop gradually despite recent good rains in some parts of the country.

Vaal Dam 2
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According to the recent survey of 211 dams, the national water storage has decreased by 0,2% from 72,9% last week to 72,7% this week. 


However, the national water storage has improved compared to 54% last year.


The department's Sputnik Ratau says the department is appealing to everyone to use water sparingly, particularly now that winter is upon us. 


"Water users are also urged to adhere to water restriction measures imposed by their respective municipalities," says Ratau.


The following are the provincial water storages:


- Eastern Cape 62%

- Free State 84,7%

- Gauteng 92,1%

- KwaZulu-Natal 57,6%

- Limpopo 78,4%

- Mpumalanga 79,5%

- Northern Cape 91,5%

- North West 89,9%

- Western Cape 19,3% 


"Western Cape province is becoming a serious concern as dam levels are decreasing week on week. Today, the Department of Water and Western Cape Provincial Government held a Water Indaba with various stakeholders to come up with ways to avert the situation," says Ratau.

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