Midlands heads into winter with all its big dams full

2014-03-19 00:00

GOOD rainfalls in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands over the past two weeks have resulted in dams overflowing.

As a result, concerns over limited water resources in the coming winter months can finally be put to rest.

Dams in the Midlands (Midmar, Albert Falls, Mearns and Ixopo) are either full to capacity or overflowing. In Durban, Inanda Dam has begun overflowing while on the South Coast, Nungwane has also begun spilling.

From the beginning of March to Tuesday this week, the catchment that feeds Midmar Dam received 148 mm of rainfall — significantly higher than in the same period last year — and the catchment that augments Albert Falls Dam received 105 mm.

At Henley Dam, 157 mm of rainfall was recorded in the past fortnight. Parts of Durban, the South Coast and the North Coast also recorded rainfall of between 73 mm and 88 mm.

Umgeni Water corporate stakeholder manager Shami Harichunder said the good rainfalls and strong dam levels was good news for municipalities and, ultimately, consumers.

“This means that in the coming winter months there will be sufficient water available for supply to our municipal customers.”

Harichunder, however, cautioned that the smaller dams would require monitoring.

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