Friday, July 9, 2010

Kouga Dam

Big parts of the Eastern Cape is currently in the grips of a terrible drought. Even though we have had a good amount of rain on the coast, we are still in what is now called a green drought. It means that on the coast its green, but our supply dams and their catchment areas still hasn't had nearly enough rain to relieve the drought.

The Kouga Dam in the Gamtoos River Valley is one of Port Elizabeth's main supply dams. It was the first double-arched dam engineered in South Africa and supplies water to both the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan area as well as to the agricultural area in the Gamtoos Valley. This means that when there are water restriction in the city, the farmers in the valley also has to cut back on irrigation.

The Kouga Dam is currently only 36% full and we are really praying for rain to fall in that area to relieve the drought. Click on the following link to see the Kouga Dam overflowing.
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Footnote: The Kouga Dam was previously named the Paul Sauer Dam.

7 comments:

  1. Shocking to admit this...BUT...I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS DAM...*pulling a face as embarrassed*

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  2. You can sure see by the bathtub ring how low that reservoir is. Drought seems like a common story all over the world.

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  3. Brings into focus how vital water is for life.

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  4. Oh gosh, that is low!! Well let us hope that this summer there is going to be more than enough rain to bring levels back up again.

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  5. This brings our water crisis into perspctive.

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  6. Ouch! That is mighty low. I think we on the west coast USA are good for this year but others are not so fortunate. You would think that with global warming there would be more water in the air (and more rain) due to the melting polar caps.

    Great shots of the dam too! The first really tells the story.

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  7. Just an update ... 11 June 2011, Kouga dam started overflowing the wall.

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