A weekly report on dam levels issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation has shown a minimal increase in Limpopo water levels from last week’s 87% to 87,2% this week. During a similar period last year, the province’s overall storage capacity stood at 86,5%, which is an improvement this year.
This minimal increase means that the available water in the province as of this week is at 1291.0 cubic metres out of a full capacity of 1480.1 cubic metres.
The Polokwane Water Supply System with dams supplying water to Polokwane and surrounding areas is currently at 105,4%, a decrease from last week’s 106,6%. This is, however, an improvement compared to last year at this time when the system stood at 105,1%.
Tours Dam, Hans Merensky Dam, and Magoebaskloof Dam remained the same this week and last week. They are sitting at 100,4%; 102,3% and 100,5% respectively. Middel-Letaba Dam also experienced no movement, with 0.7% this week and last week.
Doorndraai Dam dropped from 99,5% last week to 98,8% this week. Vondo Dam also took a dip, but slightly, it was 101,3% last week and this week it is standing at 101,1%. Tonteldoos Dam also dropped from 101% last week to 100,5% this week. Flag Boshielo Dam also took a dip from 110% last week to 108,1% this week.
Glen Alpine Dam improved enormously from last week’s 101,2% to this week’s 110,4%. Hout Rivier Dam also improved satifactorily, from last week’s 85,8% to this week’s 97,2%. Nandoni Dam improved from 100,9% last week, and 101,4% this week.
De Hoop Dam improved from 100,6% last week, and this week it is standing at 100,9%.
The Department of Water and Sanitation has reiterated its call to residents to continue using water sparingly. The communities are also encouraged to report any water leaks and water infrastructure vandalism to local authorities.
Source: Government of South Africa