DAM AND RAINFALL DATA

Latest dam data

This information is updated daily (when possible) and the figures reflect the previous 24 hours.

Dam Levels
           
System Dam Capacity
Million m3
Percentage Outflow
(m3/s)
Rainfall
(mm)
Last updated on
Mooi/Mgeni System Albert Falls Dam 290.1 25.01 % 3.04 1.9 29 Sep 2016
Inanda Dam 251.6 64.39 % 0.54 0.5 29 Sep 2016
Mearns Dam 5.11 49.63 % 0.61 0.0 29 Sep 2016
Midmar Dam 235.4 46.78 % 0.31 2.0 29 Sep 2016
Nagle Dam 24.6 68.85 % 0.0 2.6 29 Sep 2016
Spring Grove 139.5 47.76 % 0.33 0.0 29 Sep 2016
North Coast System Hazelmere Dam 17.9 % 0.27 0.0 29 Sep 2016
Other (Inland) Henley Dam 1.52 101.0 % 2.6 29 Sep 2016
Ixopo Dam 0.56 59.46 % 0.0 29 Sep 2016
South Coast System E.J.Smith Dam 0.98 100.08 % 0.0 29 Sep 2016
Nungwane Dam 2.22 % 29 Sep 2016
Umzinto Dam 0.48 100.28 % 0.0 29 Sep 2016

KwaZulu-Natal Drought Persists

Hazelmere Dam now

Parts of Umgeni Water’s operational area are still in a state of drought, a consequence of the El Nino effect. The affected areas are eThekwini, parts of iLembe District, Ixopo and uMgungundlovu District. Much of eThekwini and uMgungundlovu, including Pietermaritzburg, receive their water from the Mgeni system. The Mgeni system (Midmar Dam, Spring Grove Dam, Mearns Dams, Albert Falls Dam, Nagle Dam and Inanda Dam) has experienced below average rainfall over the past 30 months, resulting in some of these dams remaining consistently at below 30% and 50%. It is as a result of inadequate rainfall and concerns over the levels of Midmar and Albert Falls dams that mandatory water restrictions of 15% have been implemented.

In the Hazelmere system, water restrictions of 40% were lifted on 1st September 2016 following a combined total of 180 mm rainfall that was received in July and August 2016. The Hazelmere system serves areas in the far north of eThekwini and parts of iLembe. The use of an emergency scheme to transfer water from uThongathi River into Hazelmere Dam has been discontinued.

In the Ixopo system, mandatory water restrictions of 50% are also in place as a result of Ixopo Dam remaining consistently low. Ixopo Dam is being supported by the transfer of water into it through an emergency scheme.

Water restrictions and use of emergency schemes have been effective in slowing down the drop in the levels of some dams within Umgeni Water’s operational area. Consumers within the affected areas have begun to appreciate the need for water conservation and for the implementation of water rationing and restrictions as a means to manage the effects of the drought.