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Heat wave, high demand behind sinking dam levels - dept

The Department of Water and Sanitation continues to plead with consumers to use water sparingly to avoid water cuts.

Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Department of Water and Sanitation says that the recent decline in dam levels in Gauteng can be attributed to high water usage and the recent heat wave.

The department’s Sputnik Ratau says while they've noticed a slight rise in national dam levels, they have equally noted a decline in provincial levels in the past two weeks.

He says the department continues to plead with consumers to use water sparingly to avoid water cuts.

Ratau says provincial levels have dropped from 82.4% - to 81.8%.

“That would be because of the use of water – water demand. Also married to that is the issue of the current heatwave that we are experiencing. Although we are having rains, there is more heat than what we would have expected.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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