While those in Gauteng, the Northern Cape and Free State are facing water shortages brought on by a drought, it seems residents of the Nelson Mandela Bay region are much better off.
Figures released this week by the Department of Water and Sanitation show that the five dams supplying water to the Nelson Mandela Bay and Kouga municipalities are still 100% full.
Dam: Capacity – Volume of water
- Kouga dam: 97,9% – 125 910 Ml
- Churchill dam: 96,2% – 35 240 Ml
- Impofu dam: 99,1% – 105 757 Ml
- Loerie dam: 77,5% – 3 026 Ml
- Groendal dam: 97,6% – 11 640 Ml
- Average all: 100% for a total combined capacity of 281 573 Ml.
Still, local residents are encouraged to do all they can to conserve water and to report leaks to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality as experts have warned of a general water crisis facing the country as a whole.
Across the Eastern Cape, it is, however, mixed bag with some dams full and others critical.
According to the Department of Water and Sanitation, in total Eastern Cape dams are about 71% full.
Eastern Cape Province State of Dams on 2015-11-16
FSC is full storage capacity in million cubic meters
In total, the dams have 1826.3 Ml and actually dropped from last week’s average of 77.5%. Last year at this time, Eastern Cape dams were 76% full.