Gauteng dam levels continue to rise, says Water Dept

The 14 dams which form part of the integrated Vaal River system are currently at 71.9% last year they stood at 53.7%.

FILE: The Vaal Dam. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Water and Sanitation Department says that Gauteng dams continue to climb to higher levels and are much healthier than the same period last year.

The 14 dams which form part of the integrated Vaal River system are currently at 71.9%. Last year they stood at 53.7%.

This is a 0.7% rise week-on-week.

The department's Gauteng head Sibusiso Mthembu says: “The few showers we’ve had in the province has actually contributed to the storage capacity. We have seen some significant improvement with the Vaal River system. Last year, we were sitting with 53% and this week we’re sitting with about 71.9%.”

Meanwhile in Cape Town, day zero, which is the day the city will potentially run out of water, has been moved closer to 29 April next year.

From that date, Capetonians will have to queue to collect water at communal points under tight security.
Data shows that there are still high water consumers in all suburbs of the Mother City, despite the current water restriction.

The city will implement level 6 water restrictions from 1 January.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)