Overflowing Midmar Dam bodes well for winter water supply

2014-02-18 00:00

GOOD recent rainfall in the Lions River catchment area has resulted in Midmar Dam being filled to capacity, which bodes well for water supply in the winter.

The dam has begun spilling over, attracting the attention of passing motorists on the N3.

An overflowing Midmar Dam has begun pushing an increased volume of water into Albert Falls Dam, which is currently 93% full. It is expected that within the next two to three days, Albert Falls Dam will also begin overflowing. Three other dams in the Umgeni Water operational area, Hazel-mere (Verulam), Inanda and Mearns (Mooi River), are also currently full to capacity.

Umgeni Water’s corporate stakeholder manager, Shami Harichunder, said the increasing volume of water in Midmar Dam was good news for the uMgungundlovu District Municipality, Msunduzi Local Municipality and eThekwini Metro — all of which are supplied with water from Midmar Dam. “The state of water resources in Midmar Dam means that there will be sufficient amount of water available to supply all three municipalities into the coming winter months and beyond, until the next rainfall cycle begins,” Harichunder said.

“The healthy state of Midmar Dam also means that we do not have to pump water from Mearns into Midmar Dam. Should the amount of water in the Lions River catchment began reducing to a significant degree, we have the option to resume pumping from Mearns. It is also important to note that once the level of Albert Falls Dam reaches capacity and beyond, this will increase sustainability of supply to the eThekwini region,” Harichunder said.

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