Stable dam levels boost the Integrated Vaal River System

South Africa: Water and Sanitation on stable dam levels

The Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) continued to surge this week. This places the system in a stable position as some of the critical dams within it persist to float at firm levels.

If we compare the current situation to the one from last year, when the system (IVRS) hovered at 56.8%, its present levels are higher at 57.1%. The present levels of the system are also healthier when judged against the 56.9% from last week.

The Vaal Dam recorded an increase for the third successive week, rising from 35.7% to 36.1% this week. During the comparative period last year, it stood at 42.2%. The rise in the levels of the dam shines a ray of hope for water consumers in and around Gauteng, and moreover for industries heavily dependent on it for water supply.

For the second successive week, the Sterkfontein Dam -a reserve dam- presently stands at 94.9% while last year in the same week it was lesser at 91.3%. Agrisa.co.za reports that the Sterkfontein Dam is one of the critical dams in the system that have held firm over the months. Equally, the Bloemhof Dam remains at 81.3% for the second consecutive week and but higher compared to the levels of 69.6% during the same week last year.

 

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