Water levels drop in Mpumalanga dams

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Klipkoppie Dam.

Masoka Dube

MPUMALANGA’s Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) says the weekly state of reservoirs report shows that the province recorded a 0.4% drop in water volumes from last week’s 79.5% to 79.1%.

In terms of the water management areas, the Olifants catchment recorded a decline from 70.9% to 70.5% and the Inkomati-Usuthu catchment dropped from 80.1% to 79.7%. According to the department, the majority of listed dams in the Inkomati catchment area in the Ehlanzeni District recorded decline in water volumes.

Longmere (10.1%) and Primkop (1%) dams are the only in the district to increase. In the Witbank area, only the Middelburg dam’s water levels increased minimally.

“Even though the average volumes of water in the provincial dams are better than this time last year, DWS would like to encourage water users to be conservative in their water use and use the available water in a wise and sparing manner as the drop in water levels continues.”