The water flows: Dam levels up in 7 provinces, down in W. Cape, North West

The Water & Sanitation Ministry says average dam levels have increased slightly week-on-week and are up by 0.5%to 73.5%. Last year levels were at 54.9% over the same period.

Levels in Gauteng are up by 0.6% and currently sit at 92.5% collectively.

JOHANNESBURG – The Water and Sanitation ministry says although dam levels have seen a slight increase in most parts of the country South Africans must continue to use water sparingly.

The ministry says average dam levels have increased slightly week-on-week and are up by 0.5%to 73.5%. Last year levels were at 54.9% over the same period.

Levels in Gauteng are up by 0.6% and currently sit at 92.5% collectively.

It says there's been a slight increase in capacity in all provinces with the exceptions of the North West and Western Cape, where minor decreases were recorded.

It says of the 211 dams being monitored on a weekly basis, 13 are currently below 10%, and 34 are below 40% and 54 are above 100%.

Spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase says water restrictions remain in place in these two provinces.

β€œIt is advisable for South Africans to continue using water wisely. The reason for this is that we do remain a water scarce country, it is in the best interest of our country, especially for sustainable water resources going forward.”