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Department hopes for more rain to boost Vaal Dam

Only a slight 0.4 percent increase has been recorded at the dam, amid heavy rains which resulted in flash floods

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JOHANNESBURG – The Department of Water and Sanitation says its hoping for more rain so water levels can increased at the Vaal Dam.

Only a slight 0.4 percent increase has been recorded at the dam, amid heavy rains which resulted in flash floods in Johannesburg and surrounding areas earlier this week.

The Vaal Dam mainly services Gauteng residents.

Departmental spokesperson Sputnik Ratau says Johannesburg is not yet out of the woods when taking the dam level into consideration.

“Our ideal is that the dam should be at about 50 to 60 percent at this time of the year, moving towards the rainy season.”

In early November Johannesburg Water says it has decided to keep restrictions at level 2 because continuous supply minimizes burst pipes.

The Ekhurleni and Tshwane municipalities have escalated rationing in their regions, cutting off water between 9pm in the evening and 5am.

The Water and Sanitation Department has announced that water will be released from the Sterkfontein Dam into the Vaal River system which supplies the province’s metros.

Additional reporting by Ziyanda Ngcobo.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)