Dept still concerned over SA's dam levels

The Department of Water and Sanitation says that although dam levels have improved considerably they are not at a satisfactory level.

FILE: The Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – The Department of Water and Sanitation says there needs to be a national average of over 70% for South Africans to be supplied with water throughout this coming winter.

The department says although dam levels have improved considerably they are not at a satisfactory level.

Spokesperson Sputnik Ratau says: “If we look at the national average, we'd have loved to be over the 70%, towards the 80-85% level to be able to be comfortably through the next winter season.”

Meanwhile, water expert Paul Fairell says January and February are the last months where there is hope of heavy rainfall in the country.

“We've got January and February left, so if we're going to have fantastic rains that come down, we're still going to to struggle to get them up to the levels that they normally ran at, at this time of year.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)