‘Dams across SA could take 5 years to refill’
Southern Africa has been affected by a severe drought that prompted water restrictions by various municipalities.
JOHANNESBURG - The Water Department is warning the country's dams could take up to five years to recover, even if the country experiences normal rainfall following the drought.
Southern Africa has been affected by a severe drought that prompted water restrictions by various municipalities, which have warned that water could be rationed if consumers fail to heed calls to cut consumption.
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The department says eight percent of rainfall water is captured in dams, with most of it being lost to evaporation, transpiration and replenishing ground water.
Parts of Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo have experienced heatwave conditions in recent days.
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)