Update on Western Cape water situation
Misverstand and Miertjieskraal dams are the only dams that have seen an increase of more than 5%. this week. This is according to the weekly hydrological report for today, 22 February 2022. Ms Ntombizanele Bila-Mupariwa, the Acting Provincial Head for the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in the Western Cape, says there has been approximately 2% weekly drawdowns on dam levels across the province over the last three weeks. However, the dam levels remain satisfactory compared to at the same time last year.
Theewaterskloof Dam, the largest in the province, stands at 82,91% compared to 81,65% at the same time last year. Gamka Dam in Central Karoo is about to reach 100%, a remarkable turnaround from 60,65% at the same time last year.
Water users are urged to continue to use water sparingly as most parts of the Western Cape receive rainfall in winter.
Meanwhile, DWS Western Cape is deeply concerned about persistent attacks on officials who work on operations and maintenance of water infrastructure. The department condemns these attacks in the strongest terms possible, as such conduct affects delivery of services and the compliance by municipalities to fulfil their mandate of providing basic services. “At times the municipalities incur unnecessary water losses thus affecting the entire water value chain”, says Bila-Mupariwa.
“Water is Life, Sanitation is Dignity”
Source: Government of South Africa