KZN weekly dam levels Pongolapoort

KZN Weekly Dam Level Concerns Not Necessarily A Sea Of Negativity

KZN weekly dam levels sound rather alarming right now. And, the Department of Water and Sanitation encourages people to conserve water. In a media statement on October 29th, the Department’s spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said: “the weekly drop remained a grave concern.” But, he’s not necessarily ushering in a sea of negativity on the issue.

KZN Weekly Dam Levels drop

KwaZulu-Natal water levels seem a bit concerning, and the Zululand Observer noted that the Goedertrouw Dam reached reached “51.11% on Tuesday” this week. But, they pointed out that this time last years, it sat at “31.90% of its full capacity.” Nevertheless, despite October rainfall, the levels of dams decline which raises concerns in certain areas.

In his statement on October 29, Ratau talked about “a grave concern.” And in certain areas, the problem sounds rather alarming. For example, water shortages in the uMkhanyakude district lead to protests. And, other KZN weekly dam levels drop to significantly low levels. For example, Albert Falls sits at just 29.2% this week. And, Pongolapoort dropped to 39.6%. But it might not all be bad news.

Not a sea of negativity – hope for a decent rainy season

While dropping levels currently worry the DWS, Ratau sounds hopeful that the situation eases soon. He said, “High temperatures cause water [evaporation] to evaporate and this obviously impacts on water levels.” However “summer rains…towards the end of November and early December [hopefully] rescue the situation.”

And clearly, the entire province hopes for normal remains this year. Some areas look secure for the time being like Midmar Dam. This week, it sits at 90.7%. Meanwhile, Spionkop looks respectable with 79.4%. As does Inanda at 76.5%. So, it seems that the DWS cautions everyone in KwaZulu-Natal in case poor rains materialize.

More hope came about the weekly dam levels in KZN last month when Times Live reported about a possible “re-emergence of La Niña conditions.” Unlike El Niño, instead of bringing dry conditions, it usually means higher rainfall.

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