Use water sparingly

2016-08-24 06:00

RESIDENTS are urged to continue to use water sparingly, even though the Northern Cape has seen sporadic improvement in water levels in recent weeks.

The plea was made by the Department of Water & Sanitation (DWS), when it also revealed that the total amount of water in the Northern Cape this week is at 66,7%.

Through a statement from spokesperson Amoge­lang Moholoeng, the Vaalharts storage weir has escalated to 81,6% compared to this time last year, when it was sitting at about 78,2% full.

The Douglas Weir has also improved from 105,4% last week to 106,3% this week, while the Boegoeberg Weir has dropped from 109,6% last year to 104,4% last week and is currently at 103,3% full.

“The latter mentioned storage weirs are called “balancing dams” and are designed to act as a multi-purpose facility by diverting and distributing water into pipelines and canals or to serve as a pumping station, unlike storage dams, which are designed with the primary purpose for long-term storage of water,” added the statement.

The Spitskop Reservoir feeding from the Harts River is currently at 30,9%. Last year, it was at 68,5%.

The Karee is at 15,1%, which is extremely low compared to last year, when it was at 72% full.

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