Free State dam levels remain stable despite decline

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FOTO: JUSTINE FORTUIN

Bloemfontein’s water supply system has witnessed a marginal downturn from 98.2% last week to 98.1%.

According to the Department of Water and Sanitation’s weekly state of reservoirs report, the Free State is reflecting a 99.6% water storage, which is a minor decrease from the past week’s 99.7%. This could be an indicator that the rain has subsided, and that the inland is beginning to experience dry weather patterns.

The department’s spokesperson Sputnik Ratau reported the water storage standings in a media statement that was released in the past week, and some areas experienced a slight decline.

Rustfontein and Groothoek Dams feeding Bloemfontein is sitting at 95.1% and 95.0% respectively. Welbedacht and Knellpoort Dams have both recorded 100%.

Sterkfontein Dam stands at 100.2% now, with Bloemhof Dam at 106.0%, which is a slight decrease from last week’s 106.4%. Allemanskraal Dam this week is at 94.9%, while Erfenis Dam is comfortable at 98.2%.

Tierpoort Dam is at 101.3% and Kalkfontein Dam is at 100.7% this week. Krugersdrift Dam recorded a slight decrease at 99.7.0% and Metsi-Matsho Dam is sitting at 59.0%, meanwhile, Fika-Patso Dam is at 84.2.%.

The great Gariep Dam recorded a marginal increase at 97.7% from last week’s 97.4%, while Vanderkloof Dam is at 99.5% remaining the same as last week.

“The public is encouraged to continue using water sparingly because South Africa is a water scarce country, therefore, every drop counts,” Ratau concludes.

Compiled by Bonolo Moloi
bonolo@centralmediagroup.co.za