Water levels improving

2017-01-18 06:01

The Department of Water and Sanitation has urged the public, residents and farmers to continue to use water sparingly, even though there has been improvement in water levels in major dams in the Free State.

The improvement in water levels in dams follows recent countrywide rainfall.

Furthermore, members of the public and farmers are also advised to adhere to water restrictions imposed in their respective areas.

Larry Crisp, department spokesperson, says the water situation remains dire.

According to the ­department, two big dams in the Free State, the Gariep Dam and the Vanderkloof Dam, are currently at 43% and 53,7% respectively, as compared to 48% and 71,8% last year this time.

The Sterkfontein Dam’s capacity is reportedly at 86,6% as compared to 87,2% last year this time.

Water capacity at other dams is reportedly as follows: Knellpoort Dam is at 39,7%, Koppies at 110,1%, Erfenis is at 38,4% and Armenia at 33,3%, while Rustfontein is at 27%.

Water levels remain critical at the following dams: Krugersdrift at 9,9%, Allemanskraal at 13,8%, Groothoek at 8,1% and Kalkfontein at 3,3%.

The water levels have reportedly not reached ­expectations to alleviate problems due to the extreme drought experienced in South Africa.

Nonetheless, Crisp says the department is quite pleased with the rainfall, which has slightly improved water levels in the various dams in the Free State.

The expectation was that the current water shortage problems would improve following continuing rainfall.

The South African Weather Service indicates that continued summer rainfall can be expected.

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