DAM LEVELS IN MOST SOUTH AFRICAN PROVINCES IMPROVE, EXCEPT DROUGHT-HIT WESTERN CAPE

PRETORIA– Most dams in Gauteng, South Africa’s most populous province, are bursting at the seams, thanks to the incessant rains which fell over large parts of the province recently.

According to the latest weekly report released by the Department of Water and Sanitation, the average level of dams in Gauteng recorded after the rains stood at 101 per cent, followed by Free State Province and Mpumalanga Province with dam levels of 92.2 per cent and 81.7 per cent, respectively,

However, if reports by the South African Weather Services are anything to go by, KwaZulu-Natal will soon occupy the top spot after the predicted heavy downpours that are expected in the province for the next two weeks. The current average dam level in KwaZulu-Natal is 64.7 per cent, the department said Thursday.

The national average dam level is 77.6 per cent, an improvement of 2.3 percentage points compared with the same time in 2017.

However, the report noted that dam levels in drought-stricken Western Cape Province continues to decline week-on-week, with the average level standing at 17.6 per cent of capacity.

Voelsvle Dam, which supplies the city of Cape Town, has dropped from 14.2 per cent last week to 14.1 per cent this week. The Berg River Dam, which also supplies the city, saw its level dropping from 43.4 per cent to 41. per cent and the Clanwilliam Dam on the West Coast has dried up completely. The local municipality has resorted to depending on water tankers to supply local residents.

Unless Mother Nature intervenes in that province, affected municipalities are likely to impose tighter water restrictions soon. The City of Cape Town is under a severe strain after imposing Level 6B water restrictions on its residents early this year. However, winter rains that are supposed to start at the end of April or first week of May are expected to bring some relief to the citrus province, the department said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK