Dam levels in the Free State are declining as there has been no reasonable rain recorded in recent weeks. The provincial average water storage is at 73.4% this week which is a slight improvement on last year’s 65.9%.
There is no sign that there will be enough rain this season and it is in the best interests of all to use water sparingly. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) reminds water users that the 20% water restriction is still the status quo. DWS measures dam levels country-wide on a weekly basis so that it can make informed decisions about the distribution of water to the relevant dams that supply communities. The current decline in dam levels can be attributed to lower than normal rainfall and the heat wave experienced in most parts of the province.
According to this week’s dam reports:
- Kalkfontein dam levels are at 22.1%.
- Sterkfontein is at 94.0%,
- Gariep Dam is at 71.9% and Krugersdrift Dam is at 38.2%.
- Groothoek Dam is at 39.4%.
- Rustfontein Dam dropped from 27.1% last week to 26.8%; slightly better than the 22.4% recorded at the same time last year.
- Fika Patso Dam is at 37.2%.
The department appeals to communities, including businesses, across the spectrum, to use water extra carefully. DWS appeals to communities to fix leaks and burst pipes in and around their homes. Mainline burst pipes should be reported to the local municipality. – DWS Press release