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SA still operating under drought conditions despite rising dam levels

Water & Sanitation says residents should continue to adhere to restrictions & keep in mind that SA is a water-scarce country.

FILE: The Vaal River outside Parys at sunset.

JOHANNESBURG - The Water and Sanitation Department says while dam levels continue to rise, the country is still operating under drought conditions.

Officials say despite the sporadic rain, consumption patterns have also contributed to the slight rise in levels.

The department says it expects to see a rise in levels as it does its weekly checks on Tuesday.

The department's Sputnik Ratau says the drought situation is expected to persist for at least the next two years.

"We depend primarily on rainfall for our water availability. We hope to see significant amounts of rain, meaning consistent rainfall, over a period of time, to help us achieve the recovery we're looking for."

He says it will take a significant amount of constant rain and not sporadic floods to be comfortable.

Ratau adds residents should continue to adhere to water restrictions and keep in mind that South Africa is a water-scarce country.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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