Dam levels in Free State province have continued to steadily decline on the back of a lack of rainfall in the past couple of days.
According to figures released by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in the province on Wednesday (16 January), although the overall provincial dam level of 73.4% recorded this week, is slightly above the 65.9% from the same period last year, water levels in different dams have continued to recede in recent weeks.
“The current decline in dam levels can be attributed to lower than normal rainfall and the heat wave experienced in most parts of the province,” read part of the statement released by DWS Communications Manager, Larry Crisp.
According to this week’s dam reports, Kalkfontein Dam is currently 22.1% full; Sterkfontein is at 94.0%, Gariep Dam is 71.9%; Krugersdrift Dam is at 38.2%; Groothoek Dam is at 39.4%; Rustfontein Dam decreased from 27.1% last week to 26.8% while Fika Patso Dam is now at 37.2% capacity.
The department has, therefore, urged consumers to use water sparingly and ensure that the resource is preserved at all times.
“The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) wishes to remind water users that the 20% water restrictions status quo still remains. We appeal to communities, including businesses, across the spectrum to use the resource with extra care. DWS also appeals to communities to fix leaks and burst pipes in and around their homes. Pipe burst from the main line should be reported to local municipalities,” said Crisp.
DWS measures dam levels across the country weekly in order to take informed decisions regarding the distribution of water to relevant dams for consumption by communities.