Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 11 January 2011
The water affairs department on Tuesday warned of flooding along the banks of the Orange River in the Northern Cape.
Orange River in flood 2010 – Upington. Photo by Daniel Swart
The department [...]
Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 06 January 2011
Four more Vaal Dam sluice gates were opened on Thursday afternoon following an increase in the water inflow into the dam, Emfuleni Local Municipality said.
The water levels downstream of Vaal Dam are expected to reach levels last seen during the flood of 1996
“This brings the number of opened gates to 17 since December 16,” spokesperson Klaas Mofomme said in a statement.
He said the municipality would like to warn community members to continue being on high alert for possible flooding.
“However, it must be emphasised that our joint operation committee team, which includes the emergency services and disaster management teams, is on high alert to provide the necessary services should the need arise.”
Mofomme said the outflow into the Vaal River was now standing at 2.7 million litres per second and the water outflow is about 90 times higher than the normal flow.
All boat owners were advised to remove their boats from the water even if they were in boathouses on the river. Continue reading Vaal Dam outflow at 90 times normal
Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 04 January 2011
The Gariep Dam, the largest dam in South Africa, is 107 percent full with an outflow of 1670 cubic metres per second.
Dept of water affairs urges caution in the vicinity of the [...]
Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 15 October 2010
Fears are growing that the current drought in the Eastern Cape may lead to poor citrus crops in the province’s Patensie and Sundays River Valley areas.
This would have a major impact on the province’s economy as the citrus industry is one of its driving forces.
Citrus Growers’ Association Patensie director Phillip Dempsey warned the industry would be in trouble if there was not sufficient rainfall by the end of November as there would be no crops available for export.
“There has not been sufficient rainfall this year, but the real problem will come in by the end of November and beginning of December as the summer months are the time that these orchards are most dependent on a lot of water,” said Dempsey.
He said about 10000ha of orchards required rain and most of the citrus fruit from these orchards was destined for the export market. Continue reading Citrus crop threatened by drought
Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) - partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 02 April 2010
The Department of Water Affairs has warned those taking part in baptisms or recreational activities along the Orange River in the Free State over the Easter holidays to be careful.
Vanderkloof Dam. Photo by [...]