Water Wednesday: KZN dam levels are improving despite drought

Ntshingwayo Dam is located on the Ngagane River in Newcastle. It was established in 1961 and it was raised in 1982. The dam was built to supply water to the surrounding towns within the Newcastle area and to also supply irrigation to farmers.

With a population of over 363 236, Amajuba District Municipality supplies purified bulk water from the Ngagane Water Purification Plant which it obtains from raw water extraction from the Ntshingwayo Dam.

The water levels in the Ngagane River have considerably improved.  During the drought around November last year, the level of the Ntshingwayo Dam was at 40% capacity. As of 6 November 2017, the levels improved to 75%.

Meanwhile the Minister of Water and Sanitation has unveiled the Water Master Plan to the media this past week. Deputy Director General Trevor Blazer spoke to PowerFM about the department’s master water plan.


Here is your weekly dam update:

The Vaal River System consisting of 14 dams serving mainly Gauteng Sasol and Eskom has dropped to 82%.

The Cape Town Dams System consisting of six dams serving mainly City of Cape Town this week decreased to 35%. Phase 1 of their Critical Water Shortages Disaster plan has already been implemented.

KZN dam levels have dropped to 45% this week from 46% last week.

Here are the latest dam percentages throughout the country:



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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