Good rainfall fills up storage dams

2019-05-01 06:00

The recent good rainfall in parts of the Free State has drastically improved the water levels of the main storage dams meant for human consumption.

The water supply to the dams in the Mangaung Metro Municipality and its surrounding area has improved significantly.

According to a report issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation, the rainfall over five days saw the dams’ levels improved drastically.

The Welbedacht Dam is now 100% full and the level of the Rustfontein Dam is at 40,07%.

A major improvement came for the water levels of the Erfenis Dam (118,79%) and the Krugersdrift Dam (128,05%). The level of the Erfenis Dam improved from 51,2% and from 61,0% for the Krugersdrift Dam.

The Gariep Dam’s level increased from 92,3% to 94,9%. The level of the Vanderkloof Dam is at 68,1% – an increase from 67,3%.

The water level of the Koppies Dam also saw a major improvement from 82,5% to 117,43%, while the level of the Sterkfontein Dam slightly improved to 94,0%.

The recent rainfall followed a good rainfall experienced in February which caused sporadic floods.

A good percentage of the rain first penetrated the dry ground before the rest found its way to storage dams, some of which had water levels below 40%. These dams are the Kalkfontein Dam near Koffiefontein (Letsemeng Municipality) at 27,50% and the Groothoek Dam near Thaba Nchu (Mangaung Metro) at 40,92%.

The Groothoek Dam, which supplies water to Thaba Nchu and surrounding villages, was reopened in April last year after it was not operational for over three years due to the crippling drought.

The water level of the Fika Patso Dam near Qwaqwa (Maluti-a-Phofung) is still below 50%. The rainfall lead to an improvement to the current level of 23,86%.

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