The Department of Water and Sanitation has released a statement noting that despite the need to be cautious ahead of the dry winter season, dam levels are higher than in 2020.
The Department of Water and Sanitation took to Twitter on Thursday, 29 April 2021, to endorse a statement circulated by the state on the country’s dam levels ahead of winter. Specifically, the statement focused on water levels for dams that supply water to non-coastal provinces in the country. Overall, the statement painted a positive picture, particularly compared to the same period last year.
According to the statement, “Figures contained in a weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation suggest that the dam levels have gone up from 69.1% to 85% this week.” However, the department admitted, “For the past four years, large parts of the province have experienced severe drought conditions that reached a crisis level in 2020. This led to the provincial government declaring the province a disaster area. The situation is particularly dire in Nelson Mandela Bay where the dams have dropped below 10%.”
Despite the positive outlook, the department is urging the public to continue to use water sparingly. This is crucial because of the irregular weather patterns that might change the conditions.
See the post below.
Although the country’s dam levels have begun dropping slightly as the country approaches the dry winter season in inland provinces, they are comparatively 15% higher than in the same period last year https://t.co/h29cbwBowy #water @DWS_RSA pic.twitter.com/nNlwd2TqjR
— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) April 29, 2021