Water and sanitation on the country’s reservoirs in South Africa

Water levels in the country’s dams have stayed consistent week after week, at 94.2%.

 

This was revealed in the Department of Water and Sanitation’s weekly report on the state of the country’s reservoirs, which was released this week.

 

This week, the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) remained constant at 100.8%, but the Algoa and Bloemfontein Water Supply Systems both declined.

The only Water Supply Systems that improved this week were Klipplaat and Luvuvu, with scores of 89.9% (up from 89.7% last week) and 101.5% (up from 101.1% last week) respectively.

Sputnik Ratau, a spokesperson for the department, says the water percentages in all nine provinces haven’t changed much since last week, with the Western Cape being the only one to show a considerable drop, down to 60,4 percent from 61,3 percent last week.

Minister Senzo Mchunu will lead a site visit to the Brandvlei Water Project in the Western Cape on Thursday, according to Ratau, as part of the minister’s commitment to guarantee that all South Africans have access to water.

Meanwhile, the drought-stricken Eastern Cape’s unemployment rate stood at 65.4% this week.

“Last week, the minister returned to the province to meet with the Amatola Water Board to discuss issues. The minister deemed it necessary to disband the board due to its mismanagement.

“This is to ensure that inhabitants of the Eastern Cape receive uninterrupted water and sanitation services,” Ratau explained.

The Kromrivier and Impofu reservoirs, which are both fed by the Krom River, are both at critical levels, at 17,7% and 11,6% respectively.

Tsojana, Xilinxa and Gubu remain at full capacity.

Sputnik reiterated the call for Eastern Cape residents, along with the rest of the country to use water cautiously.

“We live in a semi-arid country, which implies that water demand exceeds availability. However, as Mr Senzo Mchunu, Minister of Water and Sanitation, has stated, “we are not in a crisis, and the situation is manageable as long as everyone does their role.”

Northern Cape dams jumped significantly to 116% from last week’s 110,5%. Gauteng decreased slightly from 100, 9% to 100,5% this week.

Water storage levels in the North West have declined to 73,4 percent, down from 73,8 percent last week. Last year at this time, the province’s dam levels were at 82.3%. This week, the province’s three main dams are at full capacity.

 

The biggest dam in Limpopo, De Hoop is at100,2%.

In KwaZulu-Natal, the provincial storage capacity crept up to 89,3% from 88,9%. One of the province’s largest, Albert Falls Dam, which supplies water to the eThekwini Metro and surrounding areas dipped to 101,9% from last week’s 103,1%

The storage capacity in the Western Cape trickled down to 60,4% from 61,3% last week.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Department of Water and Sanitation, Republic of South Africa.

Klipvoor has dropped to 100.7% from 103.4% this week, while Buffelsport Dam has remained stable at 100.5% and Bospoort overflows at 101.9%.

Reservoirs in Mpumalanga are approaching full capacity, but are still short at 93,0 percent, down from 93,2 percent.

The Westoe Dam on the Usutu River is at 99.4% capacity. The province’s Nooigedacht has dropped from 94.3% to 92.2% this week. At 100%, the Kwena Dam is still in good shape.

Limpopo’s water levels remain stable at 87.7%. At 100,9%, Flag Boshielo is unmovable, Middel-Letaba is at a critical level of 3,6%, and Tzaneen Dam rises to 101,5 percent from 101,2 percent.

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