Some parts Dam levels in the Eastern Cape increased from 66.7% to 67.1% this week, due to the pouring rain. Spokesperson of the department of water and sanitation (DWS), Sputnik Ratau, said although the levels show signs of improvement from last year’s level which stood at 63.3% , the province still need more rain especially in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM).
“The DWS is taking serious the declining of water in the Algoa Water Supply System made up of five major dams supplying NMBM. This week Algoa System has declined from 24.7% to 24.5%, a decline of 0.2%. NMBM will received a bailout of R97 million from the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), DR. Zweli Mkhize, to deal with issues of drought that deeply affect the area. Water levels in dam such as Kouga Dam are very frustrating at 10.8% this week, Impofu Dam is below 50%, sitting at 38.2%, and Krom Dam at 17.3%, this is a clear indication that major rains in NMBM is required,” said Ratau.
The DWS is appealing to water users to play a major role in saving water at all times and use this precious resource wisely.