Mpumalanga Province records a decline in water levels

    MBOMBELA – The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) requests and encourages members of the public to strengthen their water conservation efforts and use the available water wisely.

    Mpumalanga recorded a decline in water levels as reported by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) weekly state of reservoirs report of Monday. The Province recorded an average 0.3 per decline in dam levels from 81.7 per cent to 81.4 per cent . The water management areas (WMA) also recorded slight declines in water volumes, with the Olifants catchment dropping from 73.7 per cent to 73.4 per cent and the Inkomati-Usuthu catchment also dropping from 82.1 per cent to 81.9 per cent.

    The majority of dams in the Mpumalanga Province recorded declines in water levels. The only dams that recorded some improvements in water levels are Kwena, Driekoppies and Blyderivierpoort dams in the Ehlanzeni District. Kwena Dam slightly improved from 74.3 per cent to 74.4 per cent, Driekoppies Dam increased from 68.3 per cent to 68.5 per cent, Longmere dam increased from 71.6 per cent to 79.8 per cent and the Blyderivierpoort Dam increased from 100.3 per cent to 100.7 per cent. Da Gama Dam remained unchanged at 84.7 per cent

     The dams that recorded decreases in water levels in the Ehlanzeni District include Inyaka Dam decreasing from 78.3 per cent to 77.8 per cent, Primkop Dam decreasing from 100.2 per cent to 99.8 per cent, Witklip Dam decreasing from 100.1 per cent to 99.8 per cent, and Klipkopies Dam decreasing from 82.2 per cent to 78.9 per cent.

    All the listed major dams in the Gert Sibande District recorded declines in water levels. Grootdraai Dam decreased from 94.4 per cent to 93.5 per cent, Nooitgedacht dam decreased from 94.7 per cent to 94.5 per cent, Vygeboom Dam decreased from 100.2 per cent to 100.1 per cent, Heyshope dam decreased from 88.9 per cent to 88.6 per cent, Morgenstond Dam decreased from 80.7 per cent to 80.6 per cent, Westoe Dam decreased from 70.2 per cent to 68.2 per cent and Jericho Dam decreased from 88.0 per cent to 87.0 per cent.

    In the Nkangala District, all the major dams recorded decreases in water volumes. Witbank Dam decreased from 101.2 per cent to 101.1 per cent, Middleburg Dam decreased from 97.6 per cent to 97.3 per cent and Loskop Dam decreased from 100.3 per cent to 100.2 per cent.

    The DWS further urges the public to use water sparingly and to repair and report all leaks in their communities to ensure that no precious drop of water is lost.

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