While some dams appear to be in healthy condition, others are facing worrisome water levels as the upcoming rainy season approaches.
Let’s delve into the specifics of the dam situation in KZN:
- Albert Falls Dam: The water levels at Albert Falls Dam have experienced a slight decrease, moving from 97% last week to 96.7% this week.
- Bivane Dam: This week, Bivane Dam’s water level stands at 98.6%, showing a decline from the previous week’s 99.3%.
- Craigie Burn Dam: The water levels at Craigie Burn Dam remain consistent, holding steady at 100.3%.
- Driel Barrage: Notably, Driel Barrage has seen a substantial rise in water levels, progressing from 90.6% last week to 98.3% this week.
- Goedertrouw Dam: Currently, the water levels at Goedertrouw Dam are at 99.8%, a slight decrease from the previous week’s 100.1%.
- Hazelmere Dam: Hazelmere Dam continues to face challenges, with water levels dropping from 54.1% last week to 53.2% this week.
- Hluhluwe Dam: The water level at Hluhluwe Dam presently stands at 97.6%, down from the previous week’s 98%.
- Inanda Dam: Inanda Dam’s water levels have decreased to 96.6% from last week’s 97.4%.
- Klipfontein Dam: There has been a minor reduction in water levels at Klipfontein Dam, from 98.4% last week to 97.9% this week.
- Mearns Dam: On a positive note, Mearns Dam has seen a slight rise in water levels, progressing from 85.3% last week to 86.8% this week.
- Midmar Dam: Unfortunately, Midmar Dam’s water levels have declined from 91.1% last week to 89.3%.
- Nagle Dam: Nagle Dam is currently at 87.7%, down from the previous week’s 90.2%.
- Ntshingwayo Dam (Newcastle): Ntshingwayo Dam in Newcastle has experienced a marginal decrease, with the water level standing at 72.1% compared to last week’s 72.8%.
- Pongolapoort Dam: Pongolapoort Dam’s water levels remain stable, currently at 84.6% compared to 84.8% the previous week.
- Spioenkop Dam: Water levels at Spioenkop Dam are currently at 92.6%, slightly lower than the previous week’s 93.7%.
- Spring Grove Dam: Spring Grove Dam’s water levels remain virtually unchanged at 77.4%, a small shift from the former week’s 77.8%.
- Wagendrift Dam: Wagendrift Dam stands strong at 94.5%, with a slight dip from the previous week’s 95.2%.
- Woodstock Dam: Presently, Woodstock Dam’s water levels stand at 98.9%, a minor variation from the previous week’s 99.3%.
- Zaaihoek Dam: Zaaihoek Dam’s water levels hold steady at 90.6%.
With the diverse state of KwaZulu-Natal’s dams outlined above, it is crucial to consider the implications for water resources management as the rainy season approaches. Readers are encouraged to share their perspectives on these developments in the comment section below.