Mpumalanga’s Dam Levels Hold Steady as Water Conservation Becomes Crucial

  • Dam levels in Mpumalanga Province remain stable overall, with an average of 98.1% and higher than last year's levels, according to the Department of Water and Sanitation's latest report.
  • While some districts experienced slight declines in water levels, such as the Olifants and Inkomati-Usuthu Water Management Areas, others saw improvements or remained unchanged.
  • The Department emphasizes the importance of water conservation in South Africa, as a water-scarce country, and urges individuals and businesses to use water wisely to ensure water security and sustainability.
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The latest weekly state of reservoirs report released by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on July 3, 2023, reveals that the average dam levels in Mpumalanga Province have remained stable. While certain districts experienced slight declines, overall water levels remain significantly higher than those recorded during the same period last year.

According to the report, the average dam levels in the province stand at 98.1%, showcasing a commendable water storage capacity. This figure represents a year-on-year increase, highlighting the progress made in water management and conservation efforts in the region.

The report further delves into the water management areas (WMAs) within Mpumalanga Province. The Olifants WMA experienced a slight drop from 90.1% to 90.0%. However, this figure remains higher than the 84.6% recorded during the corresponding period last year. Similarly, the Inkomati-Usuthu WMA witnessed a marginal decrease from 98.5% to 98.2%, still surpassing the 99.0% registered last year.

Analyzing water levels across districts, the Ehlanzeni District observed a slight decrease from 99.9% to 99.8%, while Gert Sibande remained unchanged at 96.3%. On the other hand, Nkangala District recorded a slight improvement from 99.5% to 99.6%, emphasizing the overall stability of the reservoirs in the region.

Within the Lowveld and Ehlanzeni Districts, most listed dams maintained their water levels, indicating efficient water management practices. However, Driekoppies, Longmere, and Ohrigstad dams witnessed slight declines. Driekoppies Dam dropped from 99.9% to 99.6%, Longmere from 100.4% to 100.2%, and Ohrigstad decreased from 92.4% to 91.2%.

In contrast, several listed dams in the Lowveld and Ehlanzeni Districts remained stable and unchanged. Notable examples include Blyderivierpoort at 100.3%, Buffelskloof at 100.2%, Klipkopjes at 99.6%, Witklip at 100.0%, Kwena at 100.2%, Da Gama at 100.3%, and Inyaka at 100.1%.

In the Gert Sibande District, Grootdraai Dam experienced a positive change, with water levels increasing from 93.6% to 94.8%. However, several other listed dams in the district encountered declines. Notable examples include Nooitgedacht Dam (98.6% to 97.8%), Vygeboom (100.4% to 100.3%), Jericho (88.6% to 87.5%), Westoe (77.2% to 74.6%), Morgenstond (99.4% to 99.3%), and Heyshope (100.1% to 100.0%).

Within the Nkangala District, most listed dams experienced declines in water levels. However, Rhenosterkop/Mkhombo Dam managed to register an improvement, rising from 98.6% to 99.1%. In contrast, Witbank Dam dropped from 98.9% to 98.7%,Middelburg Dam decreased from 97.6% to 97.4%, and Loskop Dam dropped from 100.5% to 100.3%.

While the stability of dam levels in Mpumalanga Province is encouraging, the Department of Water and Sanitation emphasizes that South Africa is a water-scarce country. Therefore, it is crucial for every individual to play their part in conserving and using water wisely to ensure water security. Every drop of water counts, and there is no substitute for this valuable resource.

Water conservation remains a shared responsibility, and the Department encourages residents, businesses, and industries to adopt sustainable practices to mitigate water scarcity challenges. Implementing water-saving techniques such as fixing leaks, using water-efficient appliances, and practicing responsible water usage can contribute to long-term water sustainability.

The Department of Water and Sanitation continues to monitor dam levels across the country and works closely with stakeholders to promote responsible water management. Public awareness campaigns are also being conducted to educate communities about the importance of water conservation and the need for efficient water use.

In conclusion, the latest weekly state of reservoirs report highlights the stability of dam levels in Mpumalanga Province, with most dams maintaining their water levels or experiencing only slight declines. While certain districts recorded decreases, the overall water storage capacity remains high compared to the same period last year. However, it is essential for all residents and stakeholders to remain vigilant and practice water conservation measures to ensure a sustainable water future for South Africa.

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