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Gauteng residents urged to use water sparingly

Forecasters say there will be some rain during the spring and summer seasons but that sufficient rain will only start falling from the end of next January.

FILE: Water flows 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 - With the South African Weather Service forecasting no heavy rains in Gauteng until next year, the Water and Sanitation Department has urged residents to continue using water sparingly.

Forecasters say there will be some rain during the spring and summer seasons but that sufficient rain will only start falling from the end of next January.

The weather service says there will be no rain for the remainder of this week in the province.

The Water and Sanitation Department says that its seen a slight decrease in Gauteng dam levels week on week, going down to 88.5% last week from 89.2% the week before.

It says the water that remains in the Vaal River system, consisting of 14 dams that mainly serve this province, is from the heavy rains experienced in April.

The department's Sputnik Ratau: "At the moment we are still dependent on the water that we received from the last last rainy season which ended in April. So the water that we are using now, is the water that from that time."

Ratau says that it is for this reason that Gauteng residents need to continue to save water.