Water Wednesday: The latest update on dam levels around SA

It’s the South African State of the Nation Address (#Sonar2017) – SONA tomorrow and the Department of Water and Sanitation announced that the water crisis would also be discussed at the address.

This week saw dam levels in certain parts of the country increase while others dipped worsening the restrictions on water for residents in those areas.

Here’s the weekly dam update:

Breakdown of dam levels:

  • The Vaal Dam water levels have gone up from 63.2% last week to 63.4% this week.
  • The Polokwane System was measured at 48.7% last week and is still the same at 48.7% this week. The system was at 58.3% last year over the same period.
  • The Bloemfontein System with four dams serving Mangaung was 37. 9% last week and it did not change as it is still at 37.9% this week.
  • The Umgeni System, with five dams serving eThekwini and Msunduzi, was at 48.7% last week but remained the same at 48.7% this week.
  • The Amatole System with six dams serving Buffalo City was 72.7% last week but dropped slightly to 72.4% this week.
  • The Western Cape System with six dams serving the City of Cape Town was at 40% last week but dipped to 38.5% this week.

In other news, The South African Research Commission has begun their identification of Wetlands plants this week. Wetlands are nature’s own sponge, able to absorb storm water and reduce flooding or the risk of a disaster. The research project is designed to identify how these wetland plants can be better utilized to help alleviate SA’s water problem.

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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