‘Gauteng dam levels could drop to under 30% by January’

Johannesburg Water has described the city’s 58 percent reservoir capacity as comfortable… for now.

FILE: Johannesburg Water says it will not be enforcing control measures but is still calling for responsible usage. Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - As parts of South Africa battle the effects of a drought, it's projected that Gauteng's dam levels could drop to just under 30 percent by January if dry and hot conditions persist.

Johannesburg Water says it will not be enforcing control measures but is still calling for responsible usage.

Reservoir readings are being taken multiple times a day and officials say residents will be notified if active measures need to be taken.

Johannesburg Water has described the city's 58 percent reservoir capacity as comfortable… for now.

But as managing director Lungile Dhlamini warns there is no way of fully determining how the weather may affect the situation.

"We are dealing with natural forces here; even science can't accurately predict it."

The city says its decision not to implement restrictions isn't a sign of arrogance but rather shows that it's been able to manage a tight situation.

Residents have been urged not to panic but to continue to use water sparingly.