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Keeping you up to date with the province’s water supply. We look at how the various catchments are handling after winter.
Here’s a look at this week’s dam level status in some KwaZulu-Natal dams:
- Ntshingwayo (Chelmsford) now stands at 71.4%, dropping from 72%
- Zaaihoek remains 75.4%.
- Inanda currently stands at 85.6%, dropping from last week’s 86.2%.
- Woodstock levels are currently at 75.7%, dropping slightly from 76.1%.
- Bivane sees a significant drop from 82.1% to 76.6%.
- Driel Barrage levels see an improvement, going from 99.7% to 100%.
- Wagendrift now stands at 87.3%, dropping slightly from last week’s 88.7%.
A weekly status report of the reservoirs issued by the Department earlier this week shows a minimal decline of the Umgeni Water Supply System from 75.3% to 74.8%.
Reflecting on the matter, the Department explains the system, with five dams, was slightly lower at 63.5% during a similar period last year.
According to the weekly report, one of the province’s largest dams supplying parts of the eThekwini Metro and Albert-Falls Dam took a dip from 48.9% to 48.5%.
However, the Department’s spokesperson Sputnik Ratau says the decline should not cause panic as the primary system remains stable. “People should not be alarmed as a result of the decline of Albert-Falls. We have the Umgeni System which serves as the main supply system to store and provide water in the province, and it is standing at good levels.”
Meanwhile, Midmar Dam on the Mgeni River has recorded an above-average percentage of 91.1% from 91.8%.
Nagle Dam is this week at 92.4% from 91.6%.
At concerning low levels is the Hazelmere Dam at 35.6% from last week’s 36.1%.
Pongolapoort, Hluhluwe, and Klipfontein dams have recorded 55.8%, 86.2%, and 81.4%, respectively.
The Department has cautioned residents to use water sparingly as hot weather temperatures are expected to increase in the coming weeks.
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