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