While the Western Cape province’s water levels have improved impressively in the last few months, the DWS’ weekly dam levels report indicates that Koos Raubenheimer Dam that services Oudtshoorn remains at 49.13%.
In addition, while the winter rains recharged the dam levels, the Little Karoo Region, which comprises Oudtshoorn, remains a concern for the department. The dire situation in Oudtshoorn has not improved and the situation is exacerbated by higher temperatures.
The other water systems across the province remained stable. The dam levels assessment report issued on Monday, 22 October 2018 suggest that the average combined dam levels of the Western Cape Water Supply System(WCWSS) is at 73.4% as compared to 73.8% last week.
Historical statistics assume a peak season for tourism around this time in the province. This is a season which is characterized by high volumes of water usage. While the tourism sector consumes considerably less water than other industries such as agriculture, it can play a significant role in conserving water.
The South African Weather Services (SAWS) forecasts hot conditions in the Western Cape for the next few days, DWS call upon water users to use water sparingly.
The Department has reminded water users that water restrictions are still in place across the length and the breadth of the Western Cape.
In other water news, a total of 10 dams across the country registered their levels at 100% and more during last weekend’s downpours.
The country’s dam levels were recorded at an average of 73,2%, a 10% improvement from the same period in 2017 when most parts of South Africa were recovering from a severe drought.
Here is your weekly dam update:
- The Vaal River System consisting of 14 dams serving mainly Gauteng Sasol and Eskom is at 98%.
- The Cape Town Dams System consisting of six dams serving mainly City of Cape Town this week is at 73.4%.
- The Eastern Cape Dam System is at 65% while KwaZulu-Natal sits at 59.7%.
Here are the latest dam percentages throughout the country:
For a more in-depth rainfall update, visit WeatherSA or click here. For more information on the water storage levels across the country, visit the DWS site. For a comprehensive drought status report from the Department of Water and Sanitation, click here.
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Article source: https://albertonrecord.co.za/191622/water-wednesday-water-levels-dwindling-oudtshoorn-little-karoo-region/