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As the winter season sets in, KwaZulu-Natal dam levels have remained steady for two consecutive weeks, maintaining above-average levels at 92.0% from last week’s 92.9%.
When compared to a similar period last year, the provincial storage capacity stood at 73.0%. This was revealed by a weekly report on the status of dam levels by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Water and Sanitation early this week.
Spokesperson for the Department, Sputnik Ratau said, “Although a minimal decline has been recorded with most dams maintaining above-average levels, the Department has cautioned residents to continue using water sparingly.”
According to Ratau, the Umgeni Water Supply System has decreased from 103.7% to 101.9% this week.
Hazelmere Dam on the Mdloti River has declined significantly from last week’s 73.9% to 53.9% this week. It should be noted that the dam reached the 100% mark in mid-April, due to heavy downpours which led to flooding.
This prompted the Department and Umgeni Water, to release water from the dam to prevent the dam wall, still under construction, from flooding which could have affected the dam’s stability.
Meanwhile, the Driel Barrage, Woodstock and Zaaihoek Dams are unmoved and remain at 86.6%, 101.7% and 90.6% respectively.
Midmar Dam stands at 100.6%, while Albert-Falls is at 102.1%, Nagle stands at 101.9%, and Spring Grove is currently at 101.2%.
Newcastle’s Ntshingwayo (Chelmsford) Dam has declined marginally from 81.1% recorded last week to 79.7% this week. Wagendrift Dam, located on the Boesmans River is at 101.4% from 103.4%.
Craigie Burn and Mearns Dams have seen minimal decreases dropping to 100.7% and 110.7% respectively, from 101.3% and 125.5% last week.
Pongolapoort Dam is slightly down from 86.3% to 85.8% while Hluhluwe Dam is down from 83.1% to 83.8%. On the Mhlathuze River, Goedertrouw Dam stands at 100.2% from 100.3%.
Whereas, Klipfontein Dam has taken a slight dip from 101.3% to 100.7%.
Reflecting on the dam levels, Ratau said, “The Department continues to work closely with the provincial government to implement measures to alleviate water scarcity challenges, such as the effective roll out of mega water infrastructure projects through the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant programme and the Water Services Infrastructure Grant.”
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