Some parts of Eastern Cape are still experiencing a serious drought and most water supply systems are showing a sharp decline in storage levels and are declining weekly.

A weekly report on the status of water levels issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has demonstrated a decrease of dam levels with a provincial average at 54.9% this week as compared to 55.5% last week.

Algoa Water Supply System with dams supplying Sarah Baartman District Municipality and Nelson Mandela Bay, has seen a decline from 42.4% to 41.7%.

Howisons Poort Dam is at 10.9% this week, Settlers Dam is sitting at 6%.

Nqweba Dam supplying Graafreinet is sitting at 0.8% this week. Kouga Dam also dropped to 41.6%. The Amathole Water Supply System with dams supplying water to Buffalo City has declined sharply. The system is at 55.1%.

The system was at 81% during the same period last year.

Bridle Drift Dam dropped to 42.7%, Nahoon Dam declined from 67.8% to 66.8% this week and Gcuwa Dam, which is supplying Butterworth improved from 59.1% to 87.8%.

The drought hotspots areas in Amathole District are Adelaide, Bedford and Hogsback, with critically low dam levels. OR Tambo District dams are dropping and water restrictions are implemented in some municipalities.

The Department is calling on the water users save water and adhere to water restrictions imposed by municipality.

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