Drought still a great concern

2017-05-24 06:03

With severe drought still a great concern, the Department of Water and Sanitation in the Free State continues to encourage the public to use water sparingly.

Dr Tseliso Ntili, provincial head of the department, said water levels in dams have decreased from 85% to 84,7% over three weeks.

He said although there was an improvement in water levels in the dams compared to 54% during the same period last year, residents still need to use water wisely.

The Tierpoort Dam is currently at 6,6%, while last week it was at 6,7%. The Kalkfontein Dam is currently at 13,4%, compared to 13,5% last week, and the Groothoek Dam is currently at 18,2%, while last week at 18,3%.

Big dams such as the Sterkfontein Dam is currently at 90,4%. Last week it was at 90%. The Gariep Dam is currently at 88,6%, while last week it was at 90%. The Vanderkloof Dam is currently at 67%, up from 65,9% last week.

“This shows non-stability on a weekly basis,” said Ntili.

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