Latest figures for Eastern Cape dam levels show slight improvement

The Eastern Cape water levels have shown a sign of slight improvement due to the recent showers that soaked some parts of the province.

The combined average of the province’s water storage is at 73.5% this week compared to 71.5% last week.

The Amathole Water Supply System, with major dams serving the large communities of Buffalo City Metro and Amathole District Municipality, has increased to 92.1% this week compared to 84.2% last week. Few dams, such as Nahoon Dam, is sitting at 100%. Bridle Drift is also full at 100% and the Xilinxa Dam also improved to 100%. The long-term intervention plans to assist the communities of Butterworth are still in progress, with the Ngqamakhwe- Tsomo pipeline project well underway.

Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) dams have improved slightly as a result of previous rainfalls and the Algoa Water Supply System has improved from 19.1% last week to 19.6% this week.

Kouga Dam that serves the major area of Nelson Mandela Bay, has improved from 21.8% last week to 22.5% this week, Loerie Dam rose from 70.6% last week to 73.3% this week and Impofu Dam is sitting below 10%. Some of the short-term interventions to ease the situation in Nelson Mandelay Bay are in progress.

Klipplaat Water Supply System with major dams servicing the Chris Hani District is sitting well at 100%. Macubeni Dam is full at 100%, Tsojana Dam remains full at 100% and the Waterdown Dam is sitting at 102%.

The DWS is appealing to all water users to continue using water sparingly and report water leaks to the nearest offices of water service authorities. Water users are also urged to report any vandalism of water infrastructure taking place in their respective areas.

Issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation