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 26.81 % 3.04 0.0 24 Aug 2016
Inanda Dam 251.6 65.66 % 0.54 0.0 24 Aug 2016
Mearns Dam 5.11 49.63 % 0.61 0.0 24 Aug 2016
Midmar Dam 235.4 46.06 % 0.31 0.0 24 Aug 2016
Nagle Dam 24.6 67.14 % 0.0 0.0 24 Aug 2016
Spring Grove 139.5 55.12 % 0.33 0.0 24 Aug 2016
North Coast System Hazelmere Dam 17.9 60.47 % 0.03 0.0 24 Aug 2016
Other (Inland) Henley Dam 1.52 101.0 % 0.0 24 Aug 2016
Ixopo Dam 0.56 % 24 Aug 2016
South Coast System E.J.Smith Dam 0.98 100.12 % 0.0 24 Aug 2016
Nungwane Dam 2.22 97.0 % 0.0 24 Aug 2016
Umzinto Dam 0.48 100.46 % 0.0 24 Aug 2016

KwaZulu-Natal Drought Persists

Hazelmere Dam now

Umgeni Water’s operational area is in a state of a prolonged drought, a consequence of the El Nino effect. The affected areas are eThekwini, iLembe District and Ixopo. In the north of eThekwini, the level of Hazelmere Dam is below 50%. In an effort to try to ensure that the amount of water in Hazelmere Dam lasts until the next rains, mandatory water restrictions of 50% have been implemented in areas that are supplied by Hazelmere Water Treatment Plant. Umgeni Water has implemented an emergency scheme that transfers water from uThongathi River into Hazelmere Dam to augment water resources in this dam The levels of some dams in the Mgeni system are also below 50%. These dams are Midmar and Albert Falls. The Mgeni system supplies most of eThekwini, Msunduzi (Pietermaritzburg), uMgungundlovu District and North of Ugu. Water scarcity in the Mgeni system is of great concern to Umgeni Water, which manages both Midmar and Albert Falls dams. Water restrictions of 15% have been implemented in areas that are supplied by Water Treatment Plants within the Mgeni system. In the Ixopo system, mandatory water restrictions of 50% are also in place as a result of Ixopo Dam remaining consistently at below 50%. Ixopo Dam is being supported by the transfer of water into it through an emergency scheme. Water restrictions and use of the 2 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.