In the latest weekly update on reservoir status released by the Department of Water and Sanitation, it has been reported that the majority of reservoirs in the country are holding a stable balance, despite experiencing a downswing in water levels compared to the same period last week.
The report indicates that the overall storage capacity of the country’s water currently stands at 94.4%, showing a modest decline from last week’s 94.7%, but an improvement from last year’s 93.1%.
This consistent reduction in water levels has been attributed to the dry winter season.
Among the nine provinces, seven have recorded reductions in water levels. Free State saw a decrease from 98.4% to 97.9%, while KwaZulu Natal experienced a marginal reduction from 90.2% to 90.1%.
Gauteng’s water level dropped from 99.2% to 97.9%, and Limpopo contracted slightly from 87.9% to 87.7%. Similarly, Mpumalanga saw a decline from 98.0% to 97.9%, and Northern Cape’s water level dipped from 91.6% to 91.5%. North West also scaled down slightly from 89.2% to 89.1%.
Taking a closer look at the KwaZulu Natal Dam levels, the latest report from the Department highlights the following changes:
– Albert Falls Dam experienced a minor decline, dropping from 99.3% last week to 99% this week.
– Bivane Dam, on the other hand, showed a slight improvement, with water levels currently standing at 100.5% compared to the previous week’s 100.4%.
– Craigie Burn Dam’s current level is 99.5% this week, as opposed to 100.3% from the previous week.
– Driel Barrage Dam remained unchanged, maintaining a steady 93.4% water level.
– Goedertrouw Dam’s levels also remained constant at 100.1% this week.
– Hazelmere Dam experienced a drop from 57.8% last week to 57.3% this week.
– Hluhluwe Dam levels improved from 98.7% to 99.2% this week.
– Inanda Dam’s current level is 100.1%, showing a minor decline from the previous week’s 100.5%.
– Klipfontein Dam saw a slight improvement, with the levels currently standing at 99.7%, as compared to the previous week’s 99%.
– Mearns Dam experienced a slight decline, dropping from 87.7% to 86.3% this week.
– Midmar Dam’s water levels are currently at 95.3% compared to the 95.6% from the previous week.
– Nagle Dam saw a slight decline from 89.3% last week to 91.6% this week.
– Newcastle’s Ntshingwayo Dam is currently at 75.3% compared to the previous week’s 75.8%.
– Pongolapoort Dam levels are at 85.4% compared to 85.3% in the former week.
– Spioenkop Dam experienced a slight decline, with levels dropping from 96.4% last week to 96.1% this week.
– Spring Grove Dam saw a drop in its levels, declining from 83.1% to 81.2% this week.
– Wagendrift Dam levels dropped from 99% last week to 97.5% this week.
– Woodstock Dam remains unchanged at a steady 99.8%.
– Zaaihoek Dam levels also remain unchanged at a steady 90.6%.
As the nation monitors these changes in dam levels, it is essential for citizens to stay vigilant in their water usage and conservation efforts. The dry winter season calls for responsible water management and collective action to ensure a sustainable water supply for the future.
We encourage our readers to share their thoughts and views on the current dam levels in the comment section below. Together, we can work towards preserving this vital resource for generations to come