The recent rains have resulted in a substantial increase in dam levels in areas in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Mhlathuze Water says it has recorded a healthy rise in water levels compared to the same period last year.
The expansion in water capacity is a welcome reprieve especially for areas like Zululand and Umkhayakude that have been reeling from drought.
“According to stats from the Department of Water and Sanitation, the Goedertrouw and Pongolapoort dams which are our two main water sources in our management area have vastly improved. The Goedertrouw dam which is the chief source of water for industries and municipalities in the greater Richards Bay area rose to 78,2%. During the same period last year, it was at 62%.
“The Pongolapoort dam meanwhile which is responsible for the supply of water to the far northern regions of KZN also improved vastly to 72%. During the same period last year it was at 42,7%,” explains Mhlathuze Water spokesperson, Siyabonga Maphumulo.
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