In January 2017, there was a total of 41mm rainfall over the first weekend of the year, with dam levels standing at 72.64%. To date, the Midmar Dam is filled at 82.45%.
Umgeni Corporate Stakeholder, Shami Harichunder, said the amount of rainfall received at Midmar and Albert Falls is disappointing as these dams require significant amounts of rainfall to lift them out of their situation of stress caused by below-average rainfall over a four-year period as a result of drought.
The average annual rainfall for Midmar and Albert Falls is between 800mm and 1 000mm. Rainfall received to date is below the average, which means there is a rainfall deficit at these dams. The deficit will be eradicated through receiving above-average rainfall.
He continued saying, “Of concern to Umgeni Water is the consistently low level of Albert Falls, which is the largest dam in the Umgeni Water operational area. This dam is dependent, in part, on Midmar to rise sharply. Midmar has to overflow for the level of Albert Falls to increase or there has to be significant amounts of rainfall in its catchment,” Harichunder said.
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|Mooi/Mgeni System||Albert Falls Dam||290.1||20.34||1.19||3.0||09 Jan 2018|
|Inanda Dam||251.6||65.05||0.54||1.0||09 Jan 2018|
|Mearns Dam||5.11||80.98||6.0||09 Jan 2018|
|Midmar Dam||235.4||82.45||0.31||3.5||09 Jan 2018|
|Nagle Dam||24.6||88.93||2.0||09 Jan 2018|
|Spring Grove Dam||139.5||73.87||0.56||10.0||09 Jan 2018|
|North Coast System||Hazelmere Dam||37.133||60.61||0.99||0.0||09 Jan 2018|
|Other (Inland)||Henley Dam||1.52||102.23||4.0||09 Jan 2018|
|Ixopo Dam||0.56||102.16||0.0||08 Jan 2018|
|South Coast System||E.J.Smith Dam||0.98||100.05||0.0||08 Jan 2018|
|Nungwane Dam||2.22||100.87||0.0||08 Jan 2018|
|Umzinto Dam||0.48||100.28||0.0||08 Jan 2018|