DWS: Cool weather stabilises South Africa’s dam levels

Welbedacht Dam, Free State Province. Photo: SANCOLD

Dam levels in the country have been fairly stable in the past seven days. This is according to a weekly report issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), which states that a combination of lower temperatures and the consistency of the rain have brought the sliding dam levels under control.

Intermittent thundershowers in parts of South Africa have stabilised dam levels and managed to keep them at a respectable national average of 62,5% since last week. As a result, the country has a combined 323 20,8 cubic metres of water in its reservoirs. Most dams are expected rise when more rain will be coming down towards the end of the week.

Dam levels in the Free State remain fairly stable as they dropped by a mere 1% from their last week’s level of 71,5%. Setumo Dam on the Molopo River has hit a record 102,9% while Welbedacht on the Caledon River has reached 97,7%.

The department urged citizens to save water earnestly as the country is approaching a dry winter season. – Seithati Semenokane