Dam levels in Free State have decreased slightly this week, recording a decline of 1. 2% from 83. 3% last week to 82.1% this week. The Department of Water and Sanitation has also commemorated World Toilet Day on 19 November. Here is your water and dam update.
Although the dam levels in the Free State have declined this week, there is still an improvement compared to 70.8% during the same period last year. The current decline in dam levels can be attributed to lower than normal rainfalls and the heat wave that is experienced in most parts of the province.
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) records dam levels across the country regularly in order to take informed decisions when it comes to distribution of water to relevant dams for consumption by communities.
Kalkfontein Dam is currently sitting at 27.4%. Sterkfontein is at 94.5%, Gariep Dam is sitting at 80.2% and Krugersdrift Dam is at 60.6%. Groothoek Dam decreased from 46.5% last week to 47.0% this week. Rustfontein Dam decreased from 29.2 % last week to 30.6% which is slightly better than 27.7% where it was last year the same time. This week, Fika Patso Dam remains above average at 55.0%.
Although the dams have shown a level of stability, the Department of Water and Sanitation has reminded water users to use water sparingly and adhere to water restrictions imposed by their respective municipalities. One other important factor to keep in mind is that 20% of water restrictions are still being implemented in the Mangaung Metropolitan area.
World Toilet Day
The DWS also joined the world in putting attention to the importance of having a proper, clean and safe toilet for human dignity on World Toilet Day on 19 November 2018. World Toilet Day strives to bring the attention of the masses towards a number of sanitation issues with an aim to resolve such issues.
This year, the theme for the World Toilet day is “When Nature Calls”, highlighting the serious importance of a proper toilet when nature calls.
The World Health Organisation estimates people who still lack this basic facility at 4.5 billion the world over. It estimates those who practice open defecation at 892 million, putting the environment and hygiene at risk.
The DWS acknowledges that bucket toilets have not been fully eradicated, but is pleased that this will be done before the UN target of 2030.
According to the General Household Survey released by Statistics South Africa in December 2017, South Africa had a backlog of 3.1% of bucket toilets.
Here is your weekly dam update:
- The Vaal River System consisting of 14 dams serving mainly Gauteng Sasol and Eskom is at 96.6%.
- The Cape Town Dams System consisting of six dams serving mainly City of Cape Town this week is at 62.1%.
- The Eastern Cape Dam System is at 62% while KwaZulu-Natal sits at 57.7%.
Here are the latest dam percentages throughout the country: