News report tell us that the Mopani District Municipality has banned the extraction of water for irrigation as the first measure to preserve what little water is left in the region. According to citizen.co.za, the department of water and sanitation is urging water users in the province to continue to use water sparingly as dam levels continue to decline. Water levels in the province have dropped due to lack of rain.
According to a weekly dam levels report released by the department of water and sanitation,the province average dam levels have dropped from 54.4% to 53.8% this week stored water is currently estimated at 818.5 cubic meters for a capacity of 1,522.3 cubic metres.
The dam levels have dropped by 14.5% compared to this time last year. The water situation in Mopani district has reached an alarmingly low level, with Tzaneen Dam recording at a 9% single digit.
The dam is the main source of water for citrus farmers and domestic consumers in the town, and unless it rains heavily in the next two weeks or so, the town is likely to plunge into a serious drought.