Water restrictions remain, despite rain

2018-05-02 06:01

Members of the public are still urged to utilise water wisely.

This encouragement was issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation in the Free State due to the fact that not all dams are filled to capacity.

Dr Tseliso Ntili, departmental provincial manager, said despite the significant improvement of water in the dams in the Free State, it was still important that the public at large continue to use water wisely.

Water levels improved following good rainfall in the province and other areas in the country.

Improvement is also due to good rain in Lesotho. Good rainfall in this Mountain Kingdom resulted in improved water levels in major rivers originating in Lesotho, flowing through South Africa, to fill empty dams.

Of these rivers, that are sourced from Lesotho, are the Caledon River (“Mohokare” in Sotho) and the Orange River (“Senqu” in Sotho).

The two rivers join near Bethulie to flow into the Gariep Dam.

Ntili said the recent good rainfall was a major relief after the severe drought, regarded as the worst to hit the region in 30 years.

He said dam levels in the Free State have improved from 92,2% to 97,7% last week due to the good rain.

“Some dams may be fuller, but we have dams which are still below 30%, and therefore the Department of Water and Sanitation would like to caution water users.”

He said consumers should bear in mind that water restrictions will continue until the water levels in the dams are at a satisfactory level.

The Tierpoort Dam level is currently at 10,7% and the Kalkfontein Dam at 27,9%.

Dams such as the Sterkfontein, Gariep, Egmont, Amenia, Krugersdrift and Koppies, are currently over 100% full.

The Groothoek Dam’s water level had improved to 57,4%.

This dam will start operating soon as it was no longer working due to low levels.

The water level of the Rustfontein Dam improved to 50% while the Fika Patso Dam was still hovering at 58,2%.

“The department will review the dam levels and restrictions after the rain season.

“We still need more rain to alleviate the situation,” said Ntili.

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