The Vaal Dam has dropped below the neutral 50% mark this week. This is according to the Department of Water and Sanitation. As the country fights against the Coronavirus and the message of washing hands takes centre stage, South Africa’s dam levels continued taking a dip.
Sputnik Ratau, the department’s spokesman dam levels have dropped to 49.8%. This scale has been compared to 71.5% recorded in the same week last year. Meanwhile, other dams that form part of the Integrated Vaal River System with the Vaal Dam, have also taken a knock.
“One such dam is the Grootdraai, which fell from 89.0% last week to 87.8% this week. The present levels of the dam are reduced compared to 75.5% it was last year at the same time,”Said Ratau.
Ratau said that the Katse and Mohale dams are no different as they also continue to drop weekly. Despite that Katse Dam fell from 37.6% last week to 37.2% this week.
“The Mohale Dam deteriorated this week, moving from last week’s 14.4% to 13.6% this week. In the preceding year at the same week, the dam was at 33.3%, indicating it has consistently remained in an unfavourable position for a number of months now,”
“Both these levels are higher compared with the levels of 33.8% the dam saw during the same week in the preceding year,” said Ratau.
However, the Sterkfontein Dam, which is a reserve that is located in the Free State, is on an upward trajectory this week.
“It notched up from 93.4% last week to 93.6% this week compared with the 93.3% it recorded last year at the same time, the current levels are slightly higher,” Said Ratau.
Ratau added that the Bloemhof Dam surged up from 100.1% last week to 100.6% this week. He said while the Integrated Vaal River System has slightly declined this week, moving from 67.6% last week to this week’s 67.3%, the system remains resilient up until now.
He further urged water users to use water wisely as the country is moving towards the dry winter season.
“The department wishes to remind water users that the country is moving towards the dry winter season which will see less rainfall. Therefore, water users should be cautious in a manner in which they consume water and save the current resource,” said Ratau.