Residents urged to conserve water

The Department of Water and Sanitation has encouraged residents to conserve water as rising temperature adds pressure on water supply.

Emphasis on preserving water is also due to the importance in fighting the spread of Covid-19.

According to the department’s weekly report, water levels in storage dams have dropped by 4% since the beginning of spring as temperatures started soaring. Generally important dams have dropped to 62,3%, however, according to the department this is slightly better off compared to the same period last year.

According to the department, combined this represents 19 946,5 m³ volumes of water in the country’s reservoirs.

The figure is expected to improve soon with the regular summer rains that are expected.

According to the department, storage dams in the Free State remains stable despite the heatwave.

Three big feeder dams in the province remain stable. These are Sterkfontein Dam (94.3%), Gariep Dam (72.5%) and Krugersdrift Dam (77.7%).

However, there is a red flag pointing to Knellpoort Dam, which forms part of the Bloemfontein feeder system, which is sitting at 52.1%. The Kalkfontein Dam is currently at 19.8%, Groothoek Dam is 57.2% while Rustfontein Dam currently sits at a low of 27.3%.

According to the department, the Free State as the home to some of the biggest dams in South Africa, has sufficient water supply in most dams.

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