MPUMALANGA is facing a serious water shortage. Dam and river levels are dropping and the situation is fast deteriorating.
Dr Tendai Sawunyama, a senior employee at the Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency (IUCMA) told NewsHorn recently. “The situation is getting worse as we are not expecting serious rainfall any time soon. That is why we are calling the public to use water wisely. There was no enough rainfall last month,” Sawunyama said.
He said the water situation in the Crocodile and Sabie-Sand catchment area was still below normal, in comparison to previous years. The Komati and Usuthu catchment levels were normal. However, the main rivers (Crocodile and Sabie Sand) and their tributaries are extremely low.
The Crocodile River
Water restrictions in these areas are in place. White River and Lomati catchment areas had been experiencing restrictions since February this year. Especially domestic and irrigation use are bearing the brunt of these restrictions. these would stay in place until further notice.