Free State dams full to capacity

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The great Gariep Dam has recorded a small decrease at 103.1% % from the previous week’s 103.2%. PHOTO: ALGOA FM

The heavy rainfall that the country has recently experienced has resulted in Free State dams being full to capacity.

The spokesperson for the Department of Water & Sanitation, Sputnik Ratau, explained in a statement that the weekly report issued by the Department reflects a water storage of 105.4%. Rustfontein Dam and Groothoek Dam that feeds the community of Bloemfontein, is sitting at 119.3% and 102.8% respectively.

Welbedacht Dam, that has previously left residents of Mangaung without water for days, has now recorded 100%, while Knellpoort Dam has increased slightly sitting at 105.4 %. Sterkfontein Dam is at 102.3% and Bloemhof Dam is at 108. Allemanskraal Dam is at 98.8%, while Erfenis Dam is showing a slight increase at 111.0 %.

Tierpoort Dam is also one of the dams that has seen an increase of 124.0% from the previous week’s 104.3%. Kalkfontein Dam is at 104.1%, Krugersdrift Dam recorded an increase at 123.7% and Metsi-Matsho Dam is sitting at 100%. Fika-Patso Dam is at 99.8%, the same as the previous week’s recording.

However, the great Gariep Dam has recorded a small decrease at 103.1% % from the previous week’s 103.2%. Vanderkloof Dam is at 105.6%, indicating a slight increase from the previous week’s recording of 105.2%.

The Department promises to continue to monitor all the dams and release water where necessary to relieve pressure off the dams, thus ensuring safety of those living downstream.

“South Africa is still a dry and water scarce country and water should continue to be used sparingly,” Ratau concluded.

Complied by Corn Koteli

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