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Gauteng residents urged to use water sparingly over holidays

The Water and Sanitation Department says that the 14 dams, which form part of the integrated Vaal river system, are currently at 71.9% compared to last year's 53.7%.

FILE: Water flows from the Vaal Dam following heavy rains across Gauteng. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Water and Sanitation Department has reiterated the call to save water, although Gauteng dam levels are at a healthier level when compared to the same period last year.

The department says that the 14 dams, which form part of the integrated Vaal river system, are currently at 71.9% compared to last year's 53.7%.

Week-on-week, the department says the system's levels increased by 0.7% when compared to 71.2% last week.

Officials say that they regard the recent downpours in the province as a relief.

The department's Gauteng head Sibusiso Mthembu said: “This doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve got enough water.

“We still need to be careful in terms of how we utilise our water, particularly this festive season where people generally tend to be abusive in terms of water usage. We need to exercise caution at all costs.”

The South African Weather Service meanwhile says Gauteng residents should expect wet weather conditions across most parts of the province from Friday.

Forecaster Kholofelo Mahlangu says that sunny conditions are expected to return from Sunday into Christmas Day.

“We’re looking into quite a wet weekend. Going into Sunday there’s no rain expected for Gauteng and Monday as well, no rain expected. So temperature wise we can expect quite hot conditions over the province.”