Water Wednesday: No Cyclone Dineo but dam levels are up

Last week, the Water and Sanitation Department warned South Africans of Cyclone Dineo, which passed through Zimbabwe and Mozambique in the past week.

The cyclone was downgraded to a storm in South Africa but our neighbouring countries are currently dealing with the aftermath. South Africans in the Highveld have benefited from the persistent storms of the past week as a result of the Cyclone.

Dam levels are on the rise with the Vaal Dam at 71.6 % with Grootdraai dam increased to 106.12 %.

Cape Town dam levels drop to 24%

While parts of SA have been enjoying massive downpours, the Western Cape dam levels dropped to 24% from last week’s 37 %. The dam levels are at a critical level. The City of Cape Town announced that it will be turning off water at four-hour intervals on 29 and 30 March to start conserving water. This is a level 4A water restriction.

Here is your weekly dam update:

  • The Umgeni System, with five dams serving Ethekwini and Musunduzi, was at 48.7% last week and this week the dam levels have increased to 49.8%.
  • The Bloemfontein System with four dams serving Mangaung was 37.9% last week and there has been a noticeable increase this week to 41.6%.
  • The Polokwane System decreased from 52.2% last week to 51.6% this week. It was at 50.9% this time last year.
  • The Integrated Vaal River Systems consisting of 14 dams which mainly serve GP and Eskom increased from 65.5% last week to 67.5% this week.

For a more in depth rainfall update, visit WeatherSA or click here. For more information on the water storage levels across the country, visit the DWS site. For a comprehensive drought status report from the Department of Water and Sanitation, click here.

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