Fri. Nov 15th, 2019

Limpopo dam levels continue to decline

Limpopo dam levelsLimpopo residents are urged to use water sparingly.

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The Department of Water and Sanitation issued a statement warning that the dam levels in Limpopo have been dropping consistently week on week.

In addition to the alarming weekly decrease in water capacity, the province is also well below the dam levels for the same time last year.

Provincial storage last year was at 77.1% for the same period while the provincial averages at the moment are just 66.1% down from 66.3% last week.

Limpopo dam levels

The Water Management Area (WMA) for Limpopo is one of those who showed a slight increase in water levels, as they rose from 71% last week to 71.6% this week.

Luvuvhu Water Supply system levels have dropped very slightly from 97.9% last week to 97.9% this week. Nandoni Dam remains above capacity, currently, on 100.9% and Ebenezer dam levels have increased slightly to 70.1% this week.

Tzaneen dam is still a cause of huge concern for all residents who rely on it for their water supply. The dam levels have continued to decline and now sit at just 18.6% from last week’s 18.9%.

Mokolo Dam ended the week on 79.9% slightly higher than last week while De Hoop Dam in Steelpoort dropped from 90.6% to 89.9% this week.

Compare: Limpopo dam levels in March.

Water restrictions in place

The Department of water and Sanitation once again is urging users to save water and adhere to water restrictions. The department recommends that users:

  • never leave the tap running while brushing their teeth
  • place a cistern displacement device in the cistern of your toilet, you can get one from your local municipality or the Department of Water and Sanitation. From personal experience, a bottle filled with water will work as well.
  • take shorter showers
  • Fix dripping taps, one dripping faucet can waste 5 500 litres of water a year.
  • When watering your garden use a watering can. A hose can use 1 000 litres of water an hour.
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How to save water. Photo: Western Cape Government

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