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Decline in Eastern Cape dams continues

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Loerie Dam is the smallest one supplying Nelson Mandela Bay.
Loerie Dam is the smallest one supplying Nelson Mandela Bay.
Mkhuseli Sizani

Despite some rain that soaked parts of the Eastern Cape in recent weeks, there has been little impact in the provincial water storage as it continued its consistent decline trajectory, dropping to 50.2% this week from 50.5% last week. 

According to a statement released by The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), the Algoa Water Supply System with six dams supplying water to Nelson Mandela Bay and neighbouring towns, shows a weekly decline, recording a low 12.3% this week compared to 12.4% last week.

“Loerie Dam declined to 31.0% this week from 32.1% last week, Kromrivier Dam declined from 19.2% last week to 18.3% this week and Nqweba Dam serving Dr Beyer’s Naudé Local Municipality in Graaff-Reinet dropped from 6.6% last week to 6.4% this week,” the statement read.

The statement added that the Amathole Water Supply System is another system that is declining consistently. This week it declined to 27.5% from 28.3% last week.

A few dams within the system have also recorded a decline this week. Rooikrantz Dam dropped from 76.2% last week to 74.1% this week, Bridle Drift Dam dropped from 20.7% last week to 20.3% this week and Nahoon Dam is the only dam that recorded an improvement this week, moving from 30.1% last week to 31.7% this week. 

“The DWS, working with its entity, Rand Water, continues to implement short term measures with the delivery of water tanks and tankers to various water stressed communities in the Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality and there are other interventions to continue with water supply, such as drilling of boreholes around Graaff- Reinet areas.” 

The eastern part of the province is in a stable condition with some dams almost at their full capacity, such as Mthatha Dam at 99.9% and Nqadu Dam at 93.4% this week.  

Community members are encouraged to report water infrastructure vandalism, theft and water leaks to the relevant offices such as the DWS and municipalities.

Issued by the Department of Water & Sanitation
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