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Water and Sanitation on marginal decline of KZN dams

9 Jun 2022

KZN Dams record marginal decline

KwaZulu-Natal Dam levels have remained steady this week despite a slight drop. The provincial dam levels are now sitting at 91,4%, marginally declining from last week’s 92,0%. This is according to a weekly status of dam levels report issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation in the province early this week.

The main water supply system, Umgeni, remains at full capacity recording 101,1%, a slight drop from last week’s 101,9%. This is an improvement when compared to last year when it stood at 84,7%.

Most dams have remained unchanged this week, with Zaaihoek Dam, Spioenkop Dam, Driel Barrage Dam and Woodstock Dam staying steady at 90,6%, 100,3%, 86,6% and 101,7% respectively.

Nagle Dam has dropped this week, landing at 100,3% from last week’s 101,9%. This is a significant jump from last year’s 88,9%.

However, Albert Falls Dam on the Mgeni River has recorded a minimal decline, currently standing 100,7% from 102,2%, while Mearns Dam decreased substantially from 110,7% to 105%.

“We would like to emphasise to residents to please use water sparingly, even as most of the province’s dams look good. What the effects of Climate Change have showed us is that a dam can be full today and substantially low in a few months. We all need to play our part,” said the Department’s spokesperson Sputnik Ratau

SOME DAM LEVELS

DAM

LAST WEEK

THIS WEEK

Wagendrift

101,4%

101,7%

Craige Burn

100,6%

100,5%

Goedetrouw

100,2%

100,2%

Bivane

101,1%

100,9%

Midmar

100.6%

100.5%

Pongolapoort

85.8%

84.8%

Hluhluwe

83.8%

83.3%

Hazelmere

53.9%

53.6%

Inanda

103.4%

102.6%

Ntshingwayo

79,7%

79,7%

Issued by the Department of Water & Sanitation

For more information, contact Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation on 082 874 2942

For media releases, speeches and news visit the Water & Sanitation portal at: www.dws.gov.za

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