South Africa’s dams are rising steadily following intermittent rains in most provinces in the past week, according to a weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation. At 67,7%, they have gone up by 0.8% compared to last week when they were recorded at 66, 9%. However, the department has warned that the sustainability of water will depend largely on the rate of consumption during the dry winter.
In terms of statistics, Gauteng tops the charts with levels having increased from 96,4% last week to 97,5% this week.
"This is thanks to torrential rainfalls that have engulfed most parts of the province recently," said Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation. "The dams are expected to increase next week following predictions of more rains by the South African Weather Services (SAWS)."
He said that the Free State and Mpumalanga, who are also experiencing regular downpours, are hot on the trails of Gauteng with each province recording 77,4% and 74.5% respectively.
Western Cape remains a source of concern
"The rains have increased the total water that is stored in the country to a staggering 21 866.8 cubic metres this, and this is likely to increase with the predicted rainfall later this week. However, Western Cape remains a source of concern as dam levels keep dropping week on week," Ratau said.
"The department’s report indicates that the drought-prone province is currently teetering at a perilous 35.6%. Western Cape has just recovered from a severe two-year drought that cost the government billions of rands through destroyed crops and infrastructure. Should the sliding trend persist, municipalities in various towns of the province will be forced to impose stringent water restrictions until the winter rainfall."