The Department of Water and Sanitation’s latest State of the Dams report for KwaZulu-Natal Province reveals a mixed picture, with some dams displaying satisfactory levels while others are in dire need of replenishment.
The report highlights significant changes in various dam levels across the province, emphasising the need for continued water conservation efforts.
Let’s take a closer look at the recent updates:
- Albert Falls Dam: The dam’s water levels have only experienced a slight decrease, dropping from 98.7% last week to 98.1% this week.
- Bivane Dam: The water levels have remained stable at a healthy 100.4% this week.
- Craigie Burn Dam: This dam has witnessed an increase in its water levels, rising to 100.2% compared to the previous week’s 99.7%.
- Goedertrouw Dam: The dam maintains its healthy status, standing steady at 100.1% this week.
- Hluhluwe Dam: Although it experienced a minor decline, the dam levels are still at a healthy 98.9%, compared to 99% last week.
- Inanda Dam: There has been a slight decrease in water levels, with the current reading at 98.8% compared to the previous week’s 99.5%.
- Klipfontein Dam: The dam’s levels show a marginal drop, currently at 99.2% compared to last week’s 99.8%.
- Midmar Dam: The water levels remain stable at 94.4%, similar to last week’s reading of 94.9%.
- Nagle Dam: The dam has experienced an increase in water levels, rising to 90.6% compared to last week’s 88.1%.
- Woodstock Dam: This dam maintains its high levels at 99.8%.
- Zaaihoek Dam: The dam’s water levels have not changed this week and stand at 90.6%.
- Hazelmere Dam: The dam’s water levels are currently at 55.8%, showing a slight decline from the previous week’s 56.6%. This dam requires substantial rainfall in the upcoming rain season to replenish its reserves.
- Driel Barrage Dam: The water levels have declined from 93.4% last week to 91.8% this week, necessitating attention to maintain adequate water supply.
- Mearns Dam: The dam has experienced a noticeable drop in its levels, currently sitting at 81% compared to the previous week’s 85.9%.
- Ntshingwayo Dam (Chelmsford): The dam’s water levels are at 74.2%, slightly lower than the previous week’s 74.7%.
- Pongolapoort Dam: The dam’s levels are at 85% as compared to last week’s 85.2%.
- Spioenkop Dam: The water levels currently stand at 95.1%, showing a slight decline from the previous week’s 95.4%.
- Spring Grove Dam: The dam has noted a slight decrease in water levels, standing at 78.8% this week, as compared to the former week’s 79.5%.
- Wagendrift Dam: The dam’s water levels are at 96.4%, slightly lower than last week’s 97%.
As the dam levels fluctuate across KwaZulu-Natal Province, it is evident that water conservation efforts are paramount to ensure a sustainable water supply. With some dams desperately needing replenishment, responsible water usage becomes even more critical.
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Note: This news article is based on the latest report from the Department of Water and Sanitation’s State of the Dams for KwaZulu-Natal Province and reflects the dam levels at the time of reporting.