During the past weeks, some dam levels in the North West Province have remained constant while others continue to decrease.
The fact that South Africa has high probability of a natural drought; continuous monitoring of our water resource is necessary as it enables maximum preparedness and adaptive measures of a possible drought condition.
Mr Chadwick Lobakeng; the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS)Provincial Head in the North West Province, has indicated that the North West Province is currently receiving 400 millimetres of rainfall which is less than average of
what the country is receiving which is 600 and 800 millimetres of rainfall. Currently there has been a slight drop in most of the dam levels;
Molatedi dam, North West Province’s largest dam; decreased from 57.5% to 56.8%; Olifantshoek dam from 51.4% to 50.7%;Lindsleyspoort dam from 53.5% to 52.7%;
Koster dam from 54.7% to 54.3%;Madikwe dam from 82.5% to 78.7%;Boskop dam from 100.5% to 100.4%;Taung dam from 98.7% to 97.2%;Hartbeespoort dam from 96.7% to 90.9; Vaalkop dam from 91.9% to 91.3%;
Those dams that remained unchanged since last week are; Disaneng dam at 72.2%, Ngotwane dam at 57.8%; Marico Bosveld dam at 99.8%; Setumo dam at 48.5%;Bospoort dam at 101.2%
Among the dams with fuller dam capacity, Roodekopjes dam increased from 101.7% to 103.6% and Klipvoor dam from 99.8% to 100.4%
The Department of Water and Sanitation continues to encourage the public to apply good practices towards water use and evade from polluting our natural resources such as rivers and dams.