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Mokonyane hopes Vaal Dam level won't dip under 25% before January rain

Minister Mokonyane says water levels at the Vaal Dam are decreasing at a rate 0.8% week-on-week.

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane with COGTA MEC Paul Mashatile on water restrictions in Gauteng. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says her department is hoping to push the 25% Vaal Dam levels to January when more rainfall is expected but its warning this will not mean the Gauteng province is out of the woods.

Mokonyane says water levels at the Vaal Dam are decreasing at a rate of 0.8% week on week.

She says the dam is reaching a dangerous level and if water usage is not decreased, this dam will hit the 25% mark by next month.

But she says her department is hoping the mark will be reached early next year when forecasters have predicted rainfall.

However, she also adds that this does not mean Gauteng will be out of danger because it will take at least five years for all dams to reach normal capacity.

"Recovery, where you can have sufficient water in Gauteng is between three to four years."

Provincial Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Paul Mashatile says Gauteng residents need to take this matter seriously.

"Gauteng is a water-scarce province and I think we need to start appreciating that."

The Vaal Dam is part of the Vaal River system, which consists of 14 dams and mainly services the Gauteng province, with at least 13 million users.