EC dams under tremendous stress

15:25 (GMT+2) Thu, 17 Oct 2019

This week's Department of Water and Sanitation's Dam Levels Report indicate that the Eastern Cape water levels dropped again exacerbating the incidents of drought in the Province due to lack of rain.

The report indicates that a combined average of water levels for the Eastern Cape Province is 52, 4% this week, which is a  slight decline compared to last week.

In Nelson Mandela Bay drought is still visible and its dams are under tremendous stress.

  • Kouga Dam is 37, 3%
  • Impofu Dam is 17, 5%
  • Loerie Dam 56, 6%

Dams servicing the Amathole District Municipality are also hit hard by the drought.

A Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation Sputnik Ratau says most towns in the Amathole municipality are experiencing water shortages.

  • The Xilinxa Dam serving Butterworth did not have water at all this week.
  • The Nahoon Dam is at 58, 9%
  • Bridle Drift Dam 41, 7%
  • Macubeni Dam 71.9%
  • Oxkraal Dam 56,5%
  • Waterdown Dam 24,4%

Ratau urged all communities to use water sparingly at all times.