Dams improve after heavy rains

2017-03-10 06:02
Crystal Dam in Kokstad.Photo: Siphelele Nketo

Crystal Dam in Kokstad.Photo: Siphelele Nketo

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SOME residents of Harry Gwala District who experienced great hardship during the drought have welcomed the recent heavy rainfall, while others are now suffering more.
During heavy rains last week, the Umzintlanga River overflowed and scores of people in the Mphela area lost their mud houses and shacks.

The rain, however, has brought the Harry Gwala District dam level up to an estimated 70%.

Although dam levels have escalated, municipal spokesperson Ndabezitha Tenza said that the municipality is still going to continue with restrictions until the status of the water improves exceptionally.

Crystal Dam, which supplies Kokstad with water, is sitting at 80%.
“People must continue to use water sparingly and must save each and every drop,” said Tenza.

Margi Fleming, the public relations officer at the Kokstad Chamber of Commerce, also asked people to be sensible when using water as the winter season nears.

“The farmers are most grateful for the rains which have had an amazing impact for many people, but there are still areas that are desperately in need of rain. We hope that there will continue to be good rains as we approach the winter season. Farmers are now working very hard to harvest crops and feed for the winter after a couple of difficult years,” said Fleming.
She said she hopes that the Kokstad community will continue to save water carefully.



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