The Department of Water and Sanitation for Limpopo confirmed in a media statement that Limpopo dam levels continue to decline, despite recent rainfall in the area.
The department’s weekly report estimates the dam levels at 67.2% this week, an increase of 0.01% compared to last week, when dam levels were at 71.9%.
Limpopo dam levels
The Polokwane Water Supply Systems is at 76.9%, showing a major improvement when compared to last year’s 52.5%. The Luvuvhu Water Supply Systems is at 98.0%.
The Nandoni Dam and Vondo Dam in the Vhembe District, as well as the Merensky Dam in Ba-Phalaborwa, are still over 100%. It first two provides relief for communities in and around Thohoyandou.
Even though the Tzaneen Dam improved from 18.36% last week to 18.53% this week, farmers are urged to reduce their water intake. Despite the slight increase, it’s still a major concern.
The Ebenezer Dam in the Mopani District is sitting at 66.14% this week, while the Nsami Dam in Giyani dropped from 64.80% last week to 63.41% this week.
Waterberg District shows no signs of improvement, with the Glen Alpine Dam in Mogalakwena now sitting at a shocking 9.33%. While is a cause for concern, the Mokolo Dam is comfortably sitting at 80.72%.
In the Sekhukhune District, De Hoop Dam decreased with 3.77% – from 94.62% last week to 90.85% this week. The Flag Boshielo is currently sitting at 79.23%.
With the provincial shortage in mind, water restrictions will be implemented in some areas “so that reliable water provision is sustained until more rain comes,” according to the DWS Media Liaison Director, Sputnik Ratau.
“Water is a scarce resource and catalytic towards economic development and it must therefore be conserved at all times.”
Save water during National Water Week
World Water Day is observed annually on 22 March, while National Water Week stars on 18 March until 24 March.
Spearheaded by the United Nations, the initiative aims to use the day “as a basis for longer-term action involving governments across the globe.”
The theme for this year is “Leaving no one behind; Water for All.” The goal is to inform policy and decision-makers, inside and outside the water community on how improvements in water resources management can be implemented.
Ways to save water
- Save water by re-using greywater: for washing machines, flushing the toilets and watering the garden.
- Keep showers as short as possible.
- Close faucets when washing dishes, washing hands, brushing teeth or shaving.
- Monitor your water meter for any leaks around the house, which could lead to a waste of water. Contact a leak detection service if you suspect an underground leak.
- Bath with less water, or use the Bucket Bath method.
- Only use the washing machine when you have enough items for a full load.
- Report leaks to your local municipality to help the city save water.
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