Water Wednesday: Water levels have not improved for the Free State and Western Cape

Mokonyane held a press conference to update the media about the drought interventions made by the Department of Water and Sanitation to help areas such as Western Cape and the Free State.

She said that The Department of Water and Sanitation is concerned about the misinformation that has been peddled on social media about the supposed waste of water from the Theewaterskloof Dam in the Western Cape. The sluice gate referred to is not broken, neither is the water being wasted.

She also said it is important to point out that the City of Cape Town is not the only user of water from Theewaterskloof Dam. Irrigators along the Riviersonderend River are entitled to an irrigation allocation from the dam. These releases are however restricted to the curtailed level of 60% of their allocation.

The releases will cease once the irrigators have taken their full share of the curtailed allocation prior to the end of April 2018. Occasional releases may happen if water security for the Overberg Water Board is under severe pressure to supply its users.

The Department of Water and Sanitation also gave an update on the Free State water levels. Although they are in a much better state than Cape Town, the water levels in the Free State have shown no sign of improvement, instead a decline has been recorded in this week’s dam levels report. According to the report, dam levels in the province have dwindled by 0.7% from 68.4% last week to 67.7% this week. DWS has urged water users to conserve water by using it sparingly in an effort to ensure that every drop of water, no matter how small is saved.

Here is your weekly dam update:

The Vaal River System consisting of 14 dams serving mainly Gauteng Sasol and Eskom is at 94%.

The Cape Town Dams System consisting of six dams serving mainly City of Cape Town this week decreased to 28 percent from last week’s 29%.

Here are latest dam percentages throughout the country:

 

For a more in depth rainfall update, visit WeatherSA or click here. For more information on the water storage levels across the country, visit the DWS site. For a comprehensive drought status report from the Department of Water and Sanitation, click here.

 

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