The country’s dams are rising steadily following intermittent rains in most provinces in the past week, according to a weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). At 68.7, they have gone up by 1% compared to last week when they were recorded at 67.7%. However, the department has warned that the sustainability of water will depend largely on the rate of consumption during the dry winter.
In terms of statistics, Gauteng tops the charts with levels having slightly decreased from 97.5% last week to 97.3% this week despite torrential rainfalls that have engulfed most parts of the province recently.
Free State and Mpumalanga, who are also experiencing regular downpours, are hot on the trails of Gauteng with each province recording 79.2% and 74.7% respectively. The rains have increased the total water that is stored in the country to 22 209.4 cubic metres, and this is likely to increase with the predicted rainfall this week.
Western Cape remains a source of concern as dam levels keep dropping week-on-week. The department’s report indicates that the drought-ridden province is currently teetering at a perilous 34.6%. Western Cape has just recovered from a severe two-year drought that cost the government billions of rands through destroyed crops and infrastructure. Should the sliding trend persist, municipalities in various towns in the province will be forced to impose stringent water restrictions until the winter rainfall.