EC water levels continue to decline

11:13 (GMT+2) Thu, 12 Sep 2019

Water levels in Eastern Cape dams continue to decline amid high weather temperatures and the provincial average currently sits at 54.4% of capacity.

The Department of Water and Sanitation reports that the Mzimvubu-Tsitsikamma Catchment which supplies three major water supply systems, namely the Algoa, Amathole and Klipplaat, has declined from 54.7% last week to 54.2% this week.

The steady decline in the level of Nelson Mandela Bay's main supply dams has also seen the average combined capacity drop to below 40% for the first time in more than a year.

The department's Sputnik Ratau says the Amathole Water Supply System serving areas of Buffalo City Metro is also on a decline with the Rooikrantz Dam currently at 45.6%.

He told Algoa FM News that dams under the Klipplaat water supply system serving Komani and surrounding communities are also under tremendous strain at just 38.3% this week, compared to 42.2% last week.

Meanwhile, the Waterdown Dam has declined from 31.3% - 30.3%

Oxkraal Dam from 41.7% - 42.1% last week

Macubeni Dam dropped speedily this week at 78.8% coming from 80.1% last week

Doorn Dam declined to 70.0 %, compared to 70.5% last week