EC dam levels still a serious concern

2018-04-05 06:01

DAM levels in most parts of the country have shown a considerable increase recently, with the exception of the Eastern Cape.

According to the Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation, Sputnik Ratau, the water levels report published by the department last week, the Eastern Cape recorded a meagre 0.1% increase, moving from 66.6% the previous week to 66.7% last week.

“This is a clear sign that the province is facing serious drought and dam levels could even drop more drastically due to the changing of seasons.

The Algoa Water System, which is serving the major dams in the Nelson Mandela Metro, is dropping week on week. The system decreased from 25.1% the previous week to 24.7% last week,” said Ratau.

He said major dams in this system were struggling to gain more water.

Impofu Dam is at 38.5% capacity, Kouga Dam is battling a lot and is at 10.9% and Loerie is the only dam with 100.3% last week.

The department has appealed to residents of Nelson Mandela Bay and Sarah Baartman municipalities to continue saving water during this period of drought. The Eastern Cape has been declared a national disaster area owing to acute water challenges. - REPORTER


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.