Limpopo urged to use water sparingly
“Lack of rains and scorching temperatures are affecting water levels in some parts of the country, particularly Limpopo province,” the department said in a statement.
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A weekly state of reservoirs report issued by the department has shown that water stored in the province's reservoirs slightly decreased to 80.7% this week from last week's 81.3%.
However, these levels are better when compared to 62.3% during the same period last year.
The decline means that the available water in the province, as of this week, is at 1 194.2 cubic metres out of a full capacity of 1 480.10 cubic metres.
Ebenezer Dam in Groot Letaba, which supplies most communities around Polokwane, has dropped from last week's 97.8% to 96.6% this week. This is, however, a huge improvement from last year when the dam was at a paltry 12.6% during this period.
In the Vhembe District, Nandoni Dam - supplied by Levuvu River - is at its full capacity at 100.4% this week, from 100.8% last week.
The dam recorded 99.6% last year at this time. Vondo Dam has declined to 95.3% this week, compared to last week's 95.7%. The dam recorded 90.8% last year during this period.
De Hoop Dam in Steelpoort, which supplies the community of Sekhukhune and the local mining industries, has also declined to 95.3% this week, compared to last week's 95.6%. This is an improvement from last year's 92.4% at this time.
Flag Boshielo Dam is normally at its full capacity but is now on a continuous downward spiral, recording 79.5% this week from 80.3% last week. The dam recorded 92.2%, last year at this time.
Mokolo Dam in Mokolo River has also decreased and is now at 97.9% this week from last week's 98.5%. This is a great level compared to 45.1% last year at this time.
The Tzaneen Dam which supplies water to farmers for irrigation in the area has also dropped significantly this week. It is now sitting at 87.6% from last week's 88.9%. This dam was at a critical low of 15.8% at this time last year.
Middle Letaba Dam is critically low at 7.4% this week, down from the equally low 7.6% last week. Doorndraai Dam in Sterk River, which is also at its low level, has declined to 38.1% this week, compared to last week's 39.1%, an improvement compared to 9.5% it recorded last year at this time.
(With Inputs from South African Government Press Release)