Water levels in listed dams and water management areas in the Mpumalanga Province

continued to improve after the past week’s rainfall. According to the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS) weekly state of reservoirs report of 11 February listed dams recorded an average increase from last week’s 68,8% to 69,5%.

This is welcome news, but water levels are still far below the 76,8% level of this time last year. In the water management areas the Olifants catchment increased from 59% to 60,4% which is below the 65,6% recorded at the same time last year, while the Inkomati-Usuthu catchment increased from 706,% to 70,9% which is below the 74,1% recorded last year.

Most of the listed dams are below last year’s levels. In the Ehlanzeni district, only Driekoppies, Longmere and the Blyderivierpoort dams have higher water levels compared to the same time last year.

  • Driekoppies Dam was unchanged from the 65,1% recorded last week which is much higher than the 44,2% recorded last year.
  • Longmere Dam rose from 61,1% last week to 72,3% which is higher than last year’s 61.6%.
  • Blyderivierpoort Dam rose from last week’s 75,7% to 76,8% which is higher than last year’s 60,4% level.
  • Witklip Dam recorded a weekly increase from 83,6% last week to 84.3%.
  • Kwena Dam levels rose from 40,6% to 42,4%.
  • Da Gama Dam increased slightly from 70,1% to 70,9%.
  • Inyaka and Klipkopjes dams recorded slight decreases In water volumes over the week, Inyaka from 59,4% to 59,3% and Klipkopjes from 49,5% to 47,2%.

All listed dams in the Nkangala District have water levels below those recorded last year.

  • Witbank Dam recorded a slight increase from 88,4% to 88,6% which is below last year’s 97,6%.
  • Middelburg Dam fell slightly from 94,8% to 94,3% which is a little lower than the 94,5% recorded last year, and
  • Loskop Dam recorded an improvement in water levels from the 84,5% recorded last week to 87,2% but remained below last year’s levels of 98%.

In the Gert Sibande District, only the Nooitgedacht and Vygeboom dams show water levels higher than those of last year at the same time.

  • Nooitgedacht Dam dropped from last week’s 98,3% recorded to 97,3% this week which is higher than the 94,3% recorded last year.
  • Vygeboom Dam fell from 102,1% full last week to 101,1% this week, beating last year’s 100,3%. The remaining dams have lower volumes than at the same time last year.
  • Grootdraai Dam recorded a weekly increase from 76% to 77%.
  • Heyshope Dam rose slightly from 81,1% to 81,2%.
  • Morgenstond Dam increased from 66,8% to 67,5%.
  • Westoe Dam was up from 53,5% to 55,9%.
  • Jericho Dam improved slightly from 67,2% to 67,9%.

DWS urges the public to use water wisely as water levels continue to drop year after year. Climate change plays a role as we continue to receive below average rainfall while we face higher temperatures which increase evaporation of the limited water available in our water scarce country. The department calls on all citizens to act as water ambassadors, to promote responsible water use and assure secure water for the survival of this and future generations. Water is life. – Press release