Water users urged to be cognisant as Vaal Dam levels shrinking
In a statement on Wednesday, the department urged water users to be cognisant that the Vaal Dam is responsible for supplying water to households and businesses.Devdiscourse News Desk | Pretoria | Updated: 20-05-2020 17:12 IST | Created: 20-05-2020 17:12 IST
The weekly report on dam levels issued by the department showed that the Vaal Dam continues to gradually decline week-on-week, raising concerns that it will soon float below the 50% mark, as the country earnestly enters into the dry winter season.
"Of particular concern is that in the same week last year, the dam was floating at 72.2% indicating that the dam has over time been shrinking to lower levels. Presently, the dam sits at 50.6%, down from 51.3% last week," the department said.
Meanwhile, the Grootdraai Dam level decreased from 89.9% last week to 89.0% this week, while during the same period last year it hovered at slightly less, but stable levels of 76.7%.
The Sterkfontein Dam recorded a minor decrease from last week's 93.5% to 93.4%.
The decrease in critical dams in the Integrated Vaal River System has seen a corresponding but slight decline in its levels, as it dropped from 67.9% last week to 67.7% this week.
As opposed to the falling dams, the Bloemhof Dam recorded an upsurge from 99.5% last week to 100.1% this week.
The dam remained stable for months as shown by its levels of 102.9% during the same week last year.
The department also raised concerns over the Katse and Mohale dams as they continue to dwindle week-on-week.
The Mohale dam level has decreased from 15.3% last week to 14.4% this week. During a similar period in the preceding year, the dam hovered at an equally low 33.2%.
Floating at less than 40% for over a year now, the Katse dam is presently at 37.6% and lower than last week's 38.0%.
(With Inputs from South African Government Press Release)