Midmar Dam is spilling and the Vaal Dam looks to keep on rising. In a rare moment of good news, at least some concerns about water in South Africa subside. Back in October, KZN weekly dam levels sounded rather alarming. But hope remained high that a potential La Nina might rectify that.
Midmar Dam Spills as Vaal Dam levels rise
We reported that water shortages in the uMkhanyakude district saw service protests. And, other KZN weekly dam levels drop to significantly low levels. For example, Albert Falls sat at just 29.2% in October. However, the good news for Albert Fall, is that water from Midmar flows directly into it. So, with news from IOL revealing that Midmar started spilling, it all sounds rather hopeful.
The outlet noted that Midmar Dam began spilling on Wednesday, January 6th. An estimated “140mm rainfall [fell] in its catchment over the past six days and overflows from upstream Mearns Weir in Mooi River.” So, that makes for every good news for Albert Falls. The Mgeni system needs the water as Albert Falls currently sits at slightly over 30 percent full. Improved dam levels mean “adequate water available to meet the full demands of eThekwini, Msunduzi and uMgungundlovu.” And not only for 2021 but into next year well.
Vaal Dam at 60.6 percent and rising
According to Gauteng Weather on Twitter, on Thursday, the Vaal sat at 60.6 percent full. That’s an increase of nine percent this week. Strong inflows continue, which indicates a healthy amount of water still arriving. Here, the cautioned people against water wastage. Naturally, the good news brings some relief o those affected by water shortages.
Many people sounded relieved. But others joked about COVID-19 and the amount of handwashing people do at the moment. Nevertheless, it’s seriously welcome news. Other people commented on the state of the Vaal River. They worry about the high levels of pollution. In September 2020, Times Live reported that “over 26 municipalities” pollute the Vaal River system. And the worst if it involves sewage and waste “from Emfuleni.” It could take as long as three years to rectify it.
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