Dams across the country have collectively reached nearly 80% capacity and continue to rise according to the Department of Water and Sanitation. Nationally, figures show that the country’s dams, with a total capacity of 32 322.6m3, are standing at 79.3% compared to 70.9% last year.
Gauteng recorded a full capacity of dam levels at 100.3%, Free State 94.5%, North West 93.5%, and Cape Town’s dam levels hit the 70% mark, at the same time last year, Cape Town’s combined dam levels were 37.5%. Mpumalanga dams are also filling up well – and the province was just over 80% capacity. This week, six dams in Limpopo also topped up to full capacity, as did three in the North West. Zaaihoek in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as Saulspoort and Welbedacht in the Free State also reached over 100% capacity. Furthermore, “the Integrated Vaal River System that contributes to the Vaal River is fully functional with its 14 tributaries pouring into the Vaal Dam”. The department did urge, however, that in municipalities where water restrictions had not been lifted residents still needed to use water sparingly.
For a detailed breakdown of dam levels by province go here.
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