Dept warns Gauteng dams not out of woods yet despite rain

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

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JOHANNESBURG - The Water and Sanitation Department says that recordings taken on Monday morning show that dam levels at the Vaal Dam have increased from 26.4% to 30%.

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

The ministry says that between the 14 dams that make up this system, the Vaal Dam has the lowest level because it evaporates at a faster rate.

The increase in the dam levels can be attributed to the recent storms in Gauteng but Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says this doesn’t mean Gauteng is out of the woods just yet.

Her spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase said: “However, we must still emphasise that we are not out of the woods yet; we must continue to save water, restrictions remain in place and for the dams to recover, it will take us another two to three years.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)