Rain lifts the levels of FS water storage dams

2020-01-29 06:00

Rainfall in parts of the Free State has brought about a slight improvement in the levels of water storage dams of which the content is meant for human consumption.

According to the Department of Water and Sanitation, rainfall between 18 and 26 January saw most levels of water storage dams in the province generally improving by 3%.

An improvement of over 6%, however, was noted at the Erfenis Dam, Krugersdrift Dam and the Welbedacht Dam.

Marcus Monyakeni, provincial departmental spokesperson, said the levels of storage dams have increased from 45,5% to 47,2%, as compared to before rainfall.

“There is a vast difference of 73,4% as compared to last year during this period,” said Monyakeni.

Following rainfall predictions by the South African Weather Service, he said he was hopeful that the levels of water storage dams would further improve.

The Erfenis Dam is at 78,1%, having hovered at 66,3%, while the water level of the Krugersdrift Dam increased from 64,3% to 68,3%.

The Welbedacht Dam, which supplies water to the Mangaung Metro Municipality and surrounding areas, improved to 96,7% from 67,93%.

The Rustfontein Dam is at 24,5%, down from 25,7%.

According to Monyakeni, the Groothoek Dam, also known as Kgabanyane, shows a slight decrease to 28,3% from 28,8%.

This dam, which supplies water to Thaba Nchu and surrounding villages, was reopened in April 2018 after it had not been operational for over three years due to the crippling drought.

According to the department, the province has a total of 10 736,5 cubic metres of water in its reservoirs.

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