Nomvula Mokonyane provides worrying picture of major storage dams
Water and Sanitation minister says up to 17 of SA’s major dams in seven provinces were below 35% capacity in December
Up to 17 of SA’s major storage dams in seven provinces were below 35% capacity in December, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said in a written reply to Parliament. The minister detailed the worrying state of some of the major dams in the country when replying to a question by DA MP Ross Purdon. The troubled dams supply a combined 25 municipalities. Provinces with dams at less than 35% capacity were in the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Eastern Cape, North West and the Northern Cape. Municipalities affected include Mangaung Metro in the Free State and Polokwane local municipality. Mokonyane told Parliament in her written reply that the department was assisting municipalities with water preservation measures, which had led to a reduction in the demand for water in those areas.
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