The Ministry of Water and Sanitation has called on the public to use water with caution as the winter season sets in with minimal rainfall.
According to the department, South Africa’s water levels have dropped slightly as the winter season sets in.
This week’s water levels demonstrated a minimal drop in water levels compared to the same time last week.
“This week, the country’s overall water level storage capacity stands at 95.4%, down slightly from last week’s 96.2% and a notable improvement from 84.8% last week. last year,” the water and sanitation ministry said Thursday.
The Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) declined moderately from 103.8% last week to 102.1% this week. Algoa, Bloemfontein, Polokwane, Cape Town and Umgeni Water Supply Systems all fell week on week.
The systems recorded 13.1%, 69.1%, 103.6%, 66.1% and 101.7% respectively in the current week.
It is one of the main water supply systems, which covers several provinces.
“Water supply systems with improved water levels are Amathole, Crocodile East, Klipplaat, Umhlathuze, Crocodile West and Orange River, while Luvuvhu is 101.7% stable and still.
“Seven out of nine provinces saw reduced water levels, namely, Free State declined slightly from 105.9% to 105.2%, Eastern Cape declined moderately from 68.0% to 67.0%, Gauteng saw a slight decline from 102.9% last week to 102.0%.
“Limpopo fell slightly from 89.5% to 89.1%. The Northern Cape fell from 121.8% to 112.1%, the Western Cape fell from 55.4% to 53.9% and flood-affected KwaZulu-Natal also fell from 94.3% to 93 .0%,” the department said.
Only two provinces are on the increase trajectory. These include Mpumalanga, which edged up from 95.2% to 95.3%, and North West at 80.1%, a minimal expansion from last week’s 79.6%.
The Vaal and Grootdraai dams, which are part of the IVRS, fell slightly from 111.6% to 107.1% and from 103.1% to 102.6% respectively.
The Gariep and Vanderkloof dams, which are part of the Orange River water supply system, recorded increases from 104.9% and 105.8% to 106.0% and 106.8%.
“In flood-affected KwaZulu-Natal, the Albert Falls Dam, which forms an integral part of the Umgeni Water Supply System, which supplies water to eThekwini Metro and surrounding areas, has gone from 102.9% to 101.7% Midmar Dam went from 102.8% last week to 100.7% this week.
“The Waterdown Dam, part of the Klipplaat water supply system in the Eastern Cape, saw a slight drop from 101.3% to 100.6%, the Gubu Dam, which is part of the Amathole’s water supply also fell from 101.1% to 100.6% this week,” the department said.
Roodeplat Dam, which is a component of Crocodile West fed by Pienaars River, was unchanged at 101.0% last week.
“In the Western Cape, which is a combination of parts that experience precipitation in winter and those that receive precipitation in other seasons; Berg River Dam fell from 69.7% last week to 68.6%, and Clanwilliam Dam is below average at 32.6% from 35.3% last week.
“Major dams in Limpopo province such as Flag Boshielo dam which is part of the Polokwane water supply system has increased from 106.6% to 104.8%, De Hoop dam has recorded a marginal reduction from 100.7 to 100.4 percent and the Nandoni Dam recorded the least decline from 102.1 percent to 102.0 percent,” the department said.
In Mpumalanga, the Nooitgedacht Dam, part of the IVRS fed by the Komati River, has increased from 91.5% to 96.0%, the Kwena Dam, part of the IVRS water supply system Crocodile East, is down slightly from 101.0% last week to 100.6% this week.
“The department continues to work tirelessly with authorities in KwaZulu-Natal to rebuild infrastructure and restore water supplies in the province following the recent devastation caused by flooding,” the department said. – SAnews.gov.za
Call to use water sparingly as the winter season approaches
SourceCall to use water sparingly as the winter season approaches