As the rainy season concludes and winter settles in, concerns about KwaZulu-Natal’s dam capacity to meet water demands during the upcoming dry months arise.
However, the Department of Water and Sanitation’s recent report on the state of the province’s dams offers some reassuring information.
Here is an overview of the current dam levels in KwaZulu-Natal as per the report dated 12 June 2023:
- Albert Falls Dam: Currently at 99.8%, a slight decrease from the previous week’s 100.1%.
- Bivane Dam: Maintaining a steady level of 100.6%.
- Craigie Burn Dam: Current levels remain at 100.4%, the same as the previous week.
- Driel Barrage Dam: Experiencing a minor decline to 93.4% from the previous week’s 96.7%.
- Goedertrouw Dam: Currently at 100.2%, a slight increase from the previous week’s 100.1%.
- Hazelmere Dam: A cause for concern, with levels remaining constant at 59.4%.
- Hluhluwe Dam: Sitting at 100.3%, slightly lower than the previous week’s 100.6%.
- Inanda Dam: Levels remain steady at 101.4%.
- Klipfontein Dam: Currently at 100% compared to the previous week’s 100.2%.
- Mearns Dam: A slight decrease to 98.4% from the previous week’s 100.4%.
- Midmar Dam: Levels are virtually unchanged at 97% compared to the previous week’s 97.1%.
- Nagle Dam: Experiencing a negligible decline from 100.2% to 99.9%.
- Ntshingwayo (Chelmsford) Dam: Current levels at 78.5%, compared to the previous week’s 78.8%.
- Pongolapoort Dam: Standing at 85.7% compared to the previous week’s 87.8%.
- Spieonkop Dam: Currently at 99% compared to 99.2% the previous week.
- Springrove Dam: Slight drop to 89.9% from the previous week’s 91%.
- Wagendrift Dam: A healthy level of 100.3% compared to the previous week’s 100.5%.
- Woodstock Dam: Minor improvement to 99.7% from the previous week’s 98.8%.
- Zaaihoek Dam: Remaining steady at 90.6%.
The Department of Water and Sanitation will continue to closely monitor dam levels to ensure water security for the region.