by NOKUTHULA HLATSHWAYO
NELSPRUIT – DAM levels in the province are 67,8 percent full.
This is a slight increase from 67,6 percent the previous year.
However, this represents a drop of 9 percent compared to the same period last year.
Witbank Dam remains at 88,3 percent, Loskop decreased from 83 percent to 82,7 percent, while Rhenosterkop increased from 1,9 percent to 2,8 percent.
The Department of Water and Sanitation, which released the statistics, has called on water consumers to intensify their water conservation efforts to save the country from a dry winter.
The department said that South Africa’s dam levels continued to drop, despite thundershowers in some parts of the country.
A weekly dam levels report released by the department this week, paints a gloomy picture about the state of water since the beginning of the heat wave two months ago.
The report showed a drop in national water average from 63,6 percent last week to 62,9 percent this week.