Water Wednesday: North West Province has very little water resources

According to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality and Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality have very limited water because there are non-perennial rivers and they depend largely on groundwater. The dam levels in the province this week sit at 61.9%.

“The province has water availability challenges and the best we can do is to conserve this scarce resource for the current and future generations”, said Chadwick Lobakeng, the Provincial Head of the Department of Water and Sanitation.

“South Africa is amongst the 30th driest countries in the world, hence we are urging everyone to take responsibility in water conservation to avoid a water crisis in future.”

“There is nothing that can be done without water, we drink it, we use it for food security, we do mining with it, we bath with it but somehow we always forget that it is a scarce resource and plays an important role in our daily lives,” he said.

“As we welcome spring and the summer seasons, we would like to remind our people that water is a scarce resource and should be conserved, respected and enjoyed. Water is key to our socio-economic development, without it we cannot achieve our government priorities such as infrastructure development, food security and addressing the triple scourge of poverty, inequality and unemployment,” he concluded.

Free State dam levels drop slightly

The provincial average for Free State dropped from 81.8% last week to 81% this week.

According to the weekly dam levels report released by the DWS, the Bloemfontein Supply System, with dams supplying water to the Mangaung Metro, dropped from 55.1% last week to 54.2% this week.

Erfenes Dam is at 92.4%, from 93.2% last week. Krugersdrift Dam is at 95.4% lower as compared to last week 96.2%.

People are urged to repair both industrial and domestic leakages because every drop of water counts. Municipalities are also urged to act decisively on leakages reported by community members and industries.

Here is your weekly dam update:

  • The Vaal River System consisting of 14 dams serving mainly Gauteng, Sasol and Eskom is at 90.1%.
  • The Cape Town Dam System, consisting of six dams serving mainly the City of Cape Town, is at 66.3% this week.
  • The Eastern Cape Dam System is at 54.9% while KwaZulu-Natal sits at 58.3%.

Here are the 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.

Source: Capricorn Review