Water conservation efforts still pivotal

2018-05-16 06:00

Dam levels in the Northern Cape remain satisfactory despite a slight drop of 1,9% two weeks ago.

However, with winter loo­ming, water conservation efforts by all citizens becomes pivotal towards ensuring that water demands are met by the water resources available in the country.

The Department of Water and Sanitation is urging all water users to use water sparingly and where possible to reuse grey water.

The department reveals that dam levels stand at 93,0% this week from the 94,9% this time last year.

According to the department the Northern Cape remains ahead of the pack in comparison to its sister provinces that were declared national disaster areas earlier in March due to the availability of their water supply.

The Eastern Cape is sitting at 69,7% while the Western Cape remains below the 20% mark recording a critical 16,6% for the past two weeks.

“When delving into the reservoirs in the Northern Cape, the weekly dam levels report found that the Spitskop reservoir in the Harts River has remained steady over the past two weeks and is sitting at 94,7% this week,” said Sputnik Ratau, director: media liaison, in a statement.

The Vaalharts Storage Weir has experienced a decrease from 75,8% to 73,8% this week.

This time last year the levels were at 82,8%.

The Boegoeberg reservoir is sitting at 129,2% from 134,1% last week.

“Despite the dip, the levels in the reservoir remain satisfactory. The Karee reservoir is still sitting at 0,0%.”

The department warns that the consistent dam levels in the province should however not translate to an indication that a recovery from the drought has been made, as full recovery is only antici­pated in three years’ time, and the traditionally drier winter season is fast approaching.

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