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JHB Water ‘constructing plan’ to lift water restrictions

On Monday it was announced water restrictions would be lifted in Gauteng as a result of the Vaal Dam reaching maximum capacity.

FILE: 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 - Johannesburg Water says it is in the process of constructing a plan to lift water restrictions following an announcement by Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

On Sunday, the minister said as a result of the Vaal Dam reaching maximum capacity water restrictions would be lifted in Gauteng.

Johannesburg Water's Tidimalo Chuene says they are awaiting communication from the Water and Sanitation Department before they publish their plan on the lifting of restrictions.

“The department acknowledges that within the integrated Vaal River system water levels are satisfactory, however we’re still waiting to see how this affects us.”

She says it is still unclear how many municipalities in Gauteng will be affected and the details of the steps that will be taken going forward.

The Water and Sanitation Department has said that it will be gazetting the matter on Friday, which means municipalities will only be able to shed more light on the matter by next week.

VAAL DAM

The Water and Sanitation Department on Monday confirmed the Vaal Dam has reached full capacity, the highest it’s been in six years.

The dam has been rising steadily over the past few months, with levels reaching over 86% last week.

The recent heavy rains have pushed dam levels up to 100%.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)