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Water situation stable in Northern Cape – dept

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“The amount of water in the Northern Cape is likely to sustain the Province until the next rainy season”

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THE DEPARTMENT of Water and Sanitation has stated that the water situation in the Northern Cape is currently stable and that many dams in the Province have exceeded their full capacity.

The department said that most of the dams in the Province are at a storage level of more than 90%.

“The provincial average stands at 103.4%. The Vanderkloof Dam is at 98.7% full, while the Orange Water Supply System is at 96.6%. The Spitskop storage weir in the Harts River is at 103.2%, the Douglas storage weir is at 111.8%, Boegoeberg is at 153.5% and the Vaalharts storage weir is at 82.1%. The Karee Dam, the only storage dam in the Northern Cape, is at 29.3% of its water storage capacity,” the department said.

It added that although the Province’s dam levels are at a satisfactory level, residents should continue to use water wisely.

“The amount of water in the Northern Cape is likely to sustain the Province until the next rainy season, provided that all water users continue with water-saving practices. In light of the latter, the department urges all water users – including residents, agriculture, mining, recreation and industry – to continue to conserve water.

“National Water Week this year was celebrated from March 15 to 22 and coincided with Human Rights Day on March 21. On March 22, South Africans joined the international community to commemorate World Water Day. The department, during the commemoration, visited various communities in the Northern Cape including the district municipalities of Namakwa, ZF Mgcawu, John Taolo Gaetsewe and Frances Baard to remind all water users to use water sparingly and wisely.”