SA dam levels drop due to low rainfall

The combined average of all dam levels in SA has dropped from 79,8% to 54,8% year-on-year.

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CAPE TOWN - The Water and Sanitation Department says the combined average of all dam levels stands at 54,8 percent.

This is due to lower than normal rainfall caused by El Nino.

The weather bureau forecasts the weather pattern, which has led to drought conditions in various areas across South Africa, will most likely persist for the next seven days.

According to the department, the combined average of all dam levels in South Africa has dropped from 79,8 percent to 54,8 percent year-on-year.

The Western Cape appears to be worst affected with the Voelvlei Dam only 19 percent full.

In KwaZulu-Natal, the Hazelmere Dam is at 42,7 percent capacity, while the Nagle Dam is 83,9 percent full.

The department says there's a slight improvement in the Orange River system with the Gariep Dam at 55,3 percent and the Vanderkloof Dam at just under 60 percent.