The Department of Water and Sanitation in the Free State encourages the public to continue using water sparingly. The call follows a decrease in the water level in the seven dams in the province. The latest report on the state of dam levels, issued on 15 August, showed that the water level in some dams were hovering around 50% and some below, raising serious concerns about water availability after months of no or very little rainfall. Kido Thoabala, spokesperson of the provincial department, says the country has not reco-vered after the severe dry spell, adding that the wasteful use of water still poses a definite threat. Serious concerns were raised regarding dam levels hovering around 20% and less. The level of the Tierpoort Dam is currently at 4,8%, that of the Kalkfontein Dam at 12,6% and that of the Groothoek Dam at 16,7%. These three dams provide water for towns in the Kopanong Municipality in the Xhariep Region. Water restriction measures have reportedly been imposed in these towns. “Residents should bear in mind that water restrictions in the pro-vince will continue to be implemented until the dam levels are satisfactory,” says Thoabala. “In total, water levels in the province have improved compared to the same period last year.” However, warns Thoabala, the water levels of the Bloemfontein system, consisting of four dams, is a cause for concern. These dams are the Krugersdrift Dam, of which the level has decreased from 43% to 42,8%; the Rustfontein Dam, of which the level has risen from 30% to 30,4%; the Knellpoort Dam, of which the level has decreased from 54,5% to 52,5%; and the Welbedacht Dam, of which the level has in- creased from 18,2% to 42%. She says the total water level in Free State dams has decreased from 80,6% in the previous week to 80,1%.