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Relief for Gauteng dwellers as water levels at Vaal Dam increase slightly

The Department of Water and Sanitation says they are far from their targeted 50%.

FILE: Vaal Dam. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG – A bit of relief for Gauteng dwellers, the water levels at the Vaal dam have increased from 26.5% recorded on Friday to 27.76%.

This comes as a result of continuous rain at the dam’s water catchment areas.

The Department of Water and Sanitation says they are far from their targeted 50%.

The department is urging Johannesburg residents to use water sparingly.

The department’s Sputnik Ratau says, “This rain that has fallen over the last few days has not taken us out of the situation yet.”

Meanwhile, the department said its hoping for more rain so water levels can increased at the Vaal Dam.

The Vaal Dam mainly services Gauteng residents.

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.