The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in the Free State has appealed to residents to continue using water sparingly due to a decline of water in storage dams. The clarion call is also due to the current dire state after poor rainfall. According to the department, most of the dam levels were below 70%, except for the Sterkfontein Dam, which is reported to be at 94,5% and the Gariep Dam, at 80,2%. The general decline of water levels of most dams were reportedly around 1,5% during November. Dr Tseliso Ntili, provincial department manager, said the current situation in the levels of storage dams was better compared to 2017, when big dams were hovering at 70%. “The current decline of water levels in storage dams can be attributed to lower than normal rainfall and the heat wave that was experienced in most parts of the province,” said Ntili. Consumers in the greater Mangaung Metro Municipality are encouraged to adhere to the 20% water restriction that the municipality has implemented as part of addressing the challenge. Residents are encouraged to fix leaks and burst pipes in and around their homes. Residents are advised to report pipe bursts in main lines to the relevant municipality.Dr Ntili pointed out that delay and failure to fix leakages and burst pipes account for huge loss of water and worsen the condition. Current dam levels in the province is as follow: Kalkfontein Dam 27,4%, Krugersdrift Dam 60,6%, Groothoek Dam 46,5%, Rustfontein Dam 29,2 % and Fika Patso Dam 55,0%.