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Magalies Water Denies Allegations of Draining Hartbeespoort Dam



According to a report in the North West Times, it was claimed that the Department of Water and Sanitation approved a plan to drain Hartbeespoort Dam in order to address water supply quality issues in the region.

However, Magalies Water spokesperson David Magae has refuted these claims, stating that the alleged plan to drain the dam is unfounded and goes against the approved water resource management implementation plan as reported by Jacarandafm.

Magae emphasised that Magalies Water has no intention of draining Hartbeespoort Dam. He pointed out that the main issue they are currently addressing is the negative impact of Hyacinth, an invasive aquatic plant, in the dam.

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He further criticised the reports, describing them as reckless, irresponsible, and unethical. Magalies Water, acting as an implementing agent on behalf of the Department of Water and Sanitation, was not given the opportunity to confirm or deny the allegations made in the publication.


Magae highlighted that Magalies Water has already begun its efforts to address the situation in the Crocodile West Catchment, which includes conducting trials and investigations on various methods of removing the Hyacinth from the dam. The focus is on finding effective solutions to manage the water resource rather than draining it, as alleged in the report.

Here is a media statement released by Magalies Water:

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