South Africa’s dam levels:

Dams are more than three-quarters full

The weekend rains in the drought-stricken western part of the Eastern Cape has brought relief to Nelson Mandela Bay and Gamtoos Valley, where five citrus towns were fast approaching Day Zero due to critically-low dam levels.

Following constant rains over the weekend, local communities, including farmers in Jeffery’s Bay, Oyster Bay, Kouga, Port Elizabeth, Kouga, Patensie, Hankey and Humansdorp can breathe a deep sigh of relief at the prospect of having drinking water at their doorstep.

A weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation paints a prosperous picture of the state of water in the western part of the province.

As a result of the incessant rains over the weekend, water levels at Kouga Dam rose from a mere 6.8% two weeks ago to a whopping 30.9% this week. “The state of water has generally improved in areas that were hitherto depressed from the acute shortage of water,” the department said. Loerie Dam went up from 81.2% to 90.2%, whilst Umtata remains the same as last week at 99.7% and Nahoon decreased from 70.4% to 70.0%.

Dam levels for every province in South Africa
City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor John Nielsen announced that water restrictions will be relaxed to Level 5 from 1 October 2018, and water tariffs will be reduced between 26.6% and 70% per kilolitre.

Theewaterskloof Dam, one of the main six dams that feed Cape Town has risen from 48.7% to 51.1%. Clanwilliam increased from 98.2% to 99%, while Voelvlei is up from 74.4% to 81.1%.

In Gauteng, Vaal Dam is at 92%, a slight decrease from 92.8% the week before. The Integrated Vaal River System is at 81.2%, the system was at 76.9% during the same period last year.

In KwaZulu-Natal, the Umgeni System which comprises of the Albert Falls, Nagle and Inanda Dams decreased by a fraction, from 71.3% last week to 71%.

The Inanda Dam is at 68%, Albert Falls decreased from 48.3% to 47.9%, Nagle decreased from 71.5% to 71.3%, and Hazelmere Dam has increased from 68.6% to 69.3%.

Dam levels in the Free State decreased from 91.5% to 90.8%.

Dam levels in the North West province has decreased from 67.2% last week to 66%. North West boasts dams such as Disaneng at 52.8% and Setumo at 70.7%.

In the Northern Cape, dam levels are at 85%, down from last week’s 88.5%.

Limpopo is at 68.5%, down from 68.9% last week. Albasini is at 82.9%, Hans Merensky in Phalaborwa is at 101.2%, and Ebenezer at 79.9%.

In Mpumalanga, dam levels are at 75.7%, a drop from last week’s 76.4%. It has dams including Witbank, which is at 97.1%, Buffelskloof 72.4% and Middleburg at 94.8%.

According to, nationally, water levels are stable with a slight drop from 77% to 76.8% this week.

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