Dept to complete gazzetting process before lifting water restrictions

The water department says the gazette will be published on Friday; municipalities may choose to lift restrictions next week.

Approximately 400,000 cubic meters of water was released from the Vaal dam on 26 February 2017 after the dam reached 97.8 % capacity following heavy rains across Gauteng. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Water and Sanitation says while water restrictions are being lifted, the gazzetting process needs to be completed first.

On Monday morning, the department announced that the Vaal Dam had reached full capacity, the highest it’s been in six years.

On Sunday water and sanitation minister Nomvula Mokonyane announced that water restrictions would be lifted mainly for Gauteng.

Departmental Sputnik Ratau says anyone found to be violating the restrictions will be held accountable until the gazetting process is final.

“We wish all South Africans continue to use water conservatively and wisely because we still remain a water scares country whether we do have water restrictions or not.”

He says because the gazette will only be published on Friday, the municipalities may only choose to lift restrictions next week.

Ratau says officials will continue to keep an eye on levels at both the Vaal and Bloemhof dams as levels are expected to fluctuate.

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