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Mokonyane warns GP water levels have reached a ‘point of no return’

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says residents urgently need to start using water sparingly.

Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says the water levels in Gauteng have now reached the point of no return.

Mokonyane says residents urgently need to start using water sparingly.

The Vaal River System consists of 14 dams, mainly servicing the Gauteng province, with at least 13 million users.

On average, combined, these dams have reached the level of about 51 percent.



Minister Mokonyane says the Vaal Dam, in particular, is reaching a dangerous level and if water usage is not decreased this dam will hit the 25 percent mark by next month.

"We may reach a level of 25 percent by 14 November 2016. Hence we have to protect that which we have. We are at that point of no return."

At the beginning of last month, the water and sanitation ministry implemented water restrictions to municipalities in Gauteng.