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Dams across country and in KZN brimful with water levels stable following recent rains

Water gushes over the wall at Midmar Dam, Howick, in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Pete van der Spek

Water gushes over the wall at Midmar Dam, Howick, in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Pete van der Spek

Published Dec 23, 2021

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DURBAN - The recent rains that soaked most parts of South Africa have made a significant impact on water levels in some parts of the country, particularly the national average.

This is according to the Department of Water and Sanitation’s weekly state of the reservoirs report, which shows the impact of summer rains in some areas.

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In a statement on Wednesday, the department said this week’s report shows that water stored in the country’s reservoirs is at 88.7% this week, an upsurge from 84.6% last week.

In KZN, dams in Umgeni Water Supply System such as Spring Groove recorded (78.5%), Inanda (83.6%), Midmar (88.3%) and Nagle (92.2%) – which make them stable.

As a result, the system is equally stable at 73.2%.

“In Gauteng, the Integrated Vaal River System, with 14 dams, has recorded a meaningful increase, moving from 91% last week to 95.7% this week. The system was notably boosted by dams such as the iconic Vaal Dam, which is stable at 103.4%. The reserve dam, Sterkfontein, is equally full at 100.8%,” the department said.

As some areas across the country have not yet recovered from the drought effects, the department has reminded all water users that South Africa remains a water scarce country and efforts need to be doubled to inculcate the culture of saving the available water resources in efforts to ensure water security.

The department said its is also aware of communities facing water shortages due to various challenges faced by Water Service Authorities.

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