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

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