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Gauteng dam levels drop

Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau says a drop in the levels is due to the heat itself but also to increased usage.

FILE: Vaal dam. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Water and Sanitation says the heatwave has resulted in dam levels dropping.

Gauteng has been hit by a heatwave since Monday, with temperatures peaking at above 35 degrees.

Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau says a drop in the levels is due to the heat itself but also to increased usage.

Ratau says the levels are lower than they should be for this time of the year: “When we look at the national level, we’re looking at an average that’s dropped below 75%. The levels in Gauteng are, when you look at the Integrated Vaal River System, between 70-75%, which is okay. We’re still in a good space.”

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