Free State’s Groothoek Dam returns to operation

Friday, April 27, 2018

Following three years of not being operational, Groothoek Dam, which supplies Thaba Nchu and surrounding villages with water, is operational again.

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), together with Bloemwater, officially opened the dam that is located in the Free State on Wednesday.

“Groothoek Dam, which has not been operating for three years due to the drought, has officially been re-operationalized on 25 April 2018. The recent rains have been favourable and have raised the dam’s level from 22% to 58%, making it possible to start pumping water again,” said the department on Thursday.

Thaba Nchu and the surrounding villages have been receiving water through boreholes as well as tankers.

The dam is able to pump 100 litres of water per second and the water is tested every two hours at the lab on the premises of the dam.

The dam depends solely on rain and not flows from rivers.

The department said even though the recent rainfall has boosted dam levels across the province, water restrictions have not been rescinded.

“Residents should still abide by the restrictions and use water sparingly until the review is done after the rainy season,” said the department. -

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