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Minister calls on all to save water

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Clean water stream from a water meter in Nelson Mandela Drive in Bloemfontein. The problem has not yet been attended to since March. Photo: Teboho Setena
Clean water stream from a water meter in Nelson Mandela Drive in Bloemfontein. The problem has not yet been attended to since March. Photo: Teboho Setena

The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, has called on citizens to use water sparingly, as the water levels in storage dams begin to drop.

She emphasised water availability as a weapon to fight the deadly coronavirus (Covid-19).

According to the Department of Water and Sanitation’s weekly report (18 to 24 May), the levels of water storage dams have dropped by 2%, generally.

Apart from usage by residents, the drop is also attributed to the advent of the dry winter season, during which there is no rainfall inland in the middle of winter, while the Western Cape is expected to have good rainfall during the period to boost water levels of important dams.

Sisulu encourages residents to double their water saving efforts to sustain the water supply and to enable the government to fight Covid-19.

Undoubtedly, the call to wash hands frequently has placed an unprecedented strain on the availability of water throughout the country.

According to Sisulu, the current water levels have the potential to sustain the country until the next summer rains.

“Provided we use water wisely and sparingly,” Sisulu warned.

The level of water storage dams in the Free State remained unchanged at 83,8%, according to the department. Dams in Gauteng have dropped from 100,8% to 99,8%, followed by those in the Northern Cape at 86,7% and the North West at 70,6%. Dams in Mpumalanga and Limpopo have dropped fractionally to 75,4% and 68,2% respectively, while dams in KwaZulu-Natal are hovering at 62,9%.

According to Sputnik Ratau, national spokesperson of the department, the department was closely monitoring the water situation in the Eastern Cape, as the province’s dam levels continued to drop to 56,3%.

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