Slash water use, minister urges EC as dam levels plunge
16 October 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201916737
LINDIWE Sisulu, the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, has called on residents of the Eastern Cape and Limpopo to reduce their water use drastically after dam levels in the two dropped to an alarming 52% each this week.
The latest report on dam levels shows that water levels at dams across the country are falling at an average of one percent week-on-week.
“Sustained heavy summer rains across South Africa are the only hope to alleviate the situation. In the absence of rain, water conservation across the board must be intensified to avoid municipalities imposing stringent water restrictions,” said Sisulu.
Recent high temperatures in most parts of the country are believed to have had a negative impact on the country’s dam levels which have since dropped from 65,7% last week to 64,8% this week.
The good news, said Sisulu, is that there is 20 752,8 cubic metres of water in storage facilities to sustain South Africa until the next rains that will to usher the wet season, with the coastal belts of KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern and Western Cape receiving heavy rains recently.
The minister has also appealed to Gauteng residents, including the business community, to use water sparingly during the two-month maintenance of the tunnel system of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) which started on 1 October 2019.
Sisulu said she had directed Acting Director-General for Water and Sanitation Mbulelo Tshangana and the CEOs of all affected Water Boards to ensure that the maintenance is done within the time frame and directed that all affected stakeholders are kept informed of all the developments.
More information on the latest dam levels can be obtained on www.dws.gov.za.