Dried-up Kamfers Dam soon to be supplied with water

The Sol Plaatje Municipality says the dried-up Kamfers Dam in Kimberley, one of only three breeding sites for the Lesser Flamingo, will soon be supplied with water.

Municipal spokesperson, Sello Matsie, says water will be pumped to the dam once there is an excess.

The dam, once a tourist attraction supporting the largest permanent Lesser Flamingo population in southern Africa, has all but dried up, with no sight of the pink birds.

Matsie says repairs to the faulty water supply pipeline from the Goga Pump station to the waste water treatment plant, which was believed to be the reason that less water was being deposited in the dam, have been completed.

Matsie says the dam will be supplied with water as soon as there is a surplus.

He says the municipality regards the Kamfers Dam as a key provincial eco-tourist feature and assured the public that they will pump water into the dam as soon as they have met their contractual obligation to the local mines and golf course.

He says they are certain that once they start pumping water, sewage will not spill into neighbouring townships, as was once the case.

Matsie says although the breakdown of water supply pipes from the Goga Pump station contributed to the situation, the dam also receives water from two other sources –  the home based waste water treatment plant and from rainfall.

Katleho Morapela/Courant News