Hantam’s water use still restricted

2017-07-05 06:03

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in the Northern Cape has welcomed the rain that increased the level of the Karee Dam from 0% to 14%.

According to the DWS the Karee Dam supplies water to the community of Calvinia and has been empty since November 2016.

The community has been receiving water from seven boreholes refurbished as part of drought relief intervention. The boreholes contri­bute approximately 55 kilolitres of water per hour and are connected to the town’s water supply network.

An additional four boreholes are on the cards to increase water supply in the Hantam municipal area.

The drought situation remains critical in the whole of the Hantam municipal area, which has been declared a disaster area.

The annual average rainfall for the region is approximately 200 mm and this occurs mostly in the winter months. During the 2016 winter rainfall season, only 30 mm of rainfall occurred.

Residents are urged to continue using water sparingly and the water restrictions in the area remain in place, with water use limited to potable water.

According to a statement of Amogelang Moholoeng of the department, the DWS, in cooperation with the Hantam Local Municipality, continue to monitor groundwater levels to ensure sustainable water supply and water quality.

The Weekly State of Reservoirs Report has indicated that the Orange River and Vaal River in the Northern Cape are at 76% and 93,4% respectively. Spitskop is at 96,5%, the Vaalharts storage weir at 87,4%, the Douglas storage weir at 111,9% and Boegoeberg in the Orange River is at 102,9%

“Water restrictions implemented on the Vaal River and Orange River systems since August 2016 have been lifted,” Moholoeng stated.

“The restriction stated a 10% restriction on water for domestic and industrial use, and a 15% restriction for irrigation purposes in the Orange River system.

“For the Vaal River system, a 15% restriction for domestic and industrial use and 20% for irrigation were in use.”

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