“The dam could still reach 100% capacity, depending on the inflows”
The latest rains have seen one of the country’s largest dam, The Gariep, on the brink of reaching full capacity. On Sunday, members of the public went to the dam to witness an event that has been their dream for a long time since they noticed an increase of rainfall in the region.
Hebert Josiah, one of the residents in the residential area of Gariep Dam, said it has been quite some since they last saw the dam this full. He said that the lack of rain had lead residents to fear the worst but the current dam levels gave them a sense of hope and meant that they could now breathe a sigh of relief.
“It is also not about water, it also means that we will be able to catch enough fish because enough water means enough room for fish (sic),” said the father of three who also works for the municipality in the area. Spokesperson of the Department of Water and Sanitation, Sputnik Ratau, told Dumelang News that the dam was 99.97 percent full and no sluices were open.
He said the dam could still reach 100 percent capacity, depending on the inflows.The dam also supplies nearby towns like Springfontein, Bethulie and Trompsburg through a buy in from Bloemwater and recently the towns under Kopanong Local Municipality have made newspaper headlines with continued water restrictions due to unpaid municipal bulk water accounts with Bloemwater.