Water Wednesday: All you need to know about water affairs this week

Is the SA Water and Sanitation Department in the red?

City Press published an article stating that the Water and Sanitation Department has not been able to pay contractors and cabinet has been advised to place it under administration.

Several media houses ran with the story adding that both Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) are investigating the department for tender and other irregularities.

These irregularities that are set to be probed involve multi-billion rand projects including the R26 billion Lesotho Highlands Water Project and the Giyani Project which has ballooned from R500 million to R5 billion.

The department has disputed these claims saying that they are up-to-date with their contractors and any outstanding invoices are due to them not being verified.

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Cape Town dams drop below 37%

On Monday, 13 February 2017, dam levels in the Western Cape dropped a further 1.2% and with the last 10% of the dam’s water not useable, the levels are effectively at 26.2%.

The City of Cape Town has called on residents to conserve water where ever they can.


The city hopes water usage levels will drop from the current 800 million litres a day to 700 litres.

Here is your weekly dam update:

Breakdown of dam levels:

  • The Western Cape System with six dams serving the City of Cape Town was at 38.5% last week but dipped to 36.9% this week.
  • The Umgeni System, with five dams serving Ethekwini and Musunduzi, was at 48.7% last week but remained the same at 48.7% this week.
  • The Bloemfontein System with four dams serving Mangaung was at 37.9% last week and it did not change as it stood again at 37.9% this week.
  • The Polokwane System was at 58.4% last year. The system was measured at 48.7% last week and is still the same at 48.7% this week.
  • The Amatole System with six dams serving Buffalo City was 72.4% last week but remains the same at 72.4% this week.
  • The Algoa System with five dams serving Nelson Mandela Bay was 53.4% last week but dropped to 52.2% this week.

For a more in depth rainfall update, visit WeatherSA or click here. For more information on the water storage levels across the country, visit the DWS site. For a comprehensive drought status report from the Department of Water and Sanitation, click here.

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