THE Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has recorded a continuous decrease in water levels listed in the dams in the Lowveld in the Ehlanzeni District.
According to the report by the DWS on 11 September, the Driekoppies Dam dropped from 67.8% to 67.5%, Longmere Dam dropped from 69.3% to 58.5%, Witklip Dam dropped from 90.5% to 89.2%, Primkop Dam dropped from 78.7% to 75.4%, Kwena Dam dropped from 69.5% to 68.3%, Da Gama Dam dropped from 76.6% to 74.5% and Inyaka Dam recorded a dropped from 71.4% to 70.8%. Only the Klipkopjes Dam recorded a slight increase from 68.4% to 68.6%. The decline in water levels is line with the decline on average the Mpumalanga listed dams and the catchment areas.
The average for the Mpumalanga Province dropped from 76.4% to 75.7% and water levels in the Inkomati-Usuthu catchment dropped from 77.7% to 77.1% and the Olifants catchment dropped from 67.5% to 66.9.
According to the DWS as we approach the hot weather months, more water will also be lost through evaporation, therefore it is crucial that we all play our part in conserving and using the available water wisely and in a sparing manner. With climate change part of us, we are not guaranteed good rains to fill up our dams, so it is up to all of us to ensure water security by using the available water wisely.