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Expected heavy rain may result in localised flooding & not fill up dams – dept

Extreme weather conditions have caused dwindling water levels in the Vaal Dam, which is Gauteng's main source of water.

FILE: Levels at the Vaal Dam have dropped to below 50% in nearly three years. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Departement of Water and Sanitation on Tuesday said heavy rain that could result in localised flooding would not assist in filling up dam levels.

Extreme weather conditions have caused dwindling water levels in the Vaal Dam, which is Gauteng's main source of water.

Levels at the dam have dropped to below 50% in nearly three years.

Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said: “Some of the heavy rainfalls will only start falling somewhere in the middle of December throughout the end of February, which is a bit difficult because those would result in localised flooding rather than consistent rainfall that would assist the catchment areas.”

Meanwhile, Rand Water's resources remained under strain with the water utility citing high temperatures and little to no rainfall for rising consumption.

The utility said it was continuing to monitor reservoir levels to help mitigate the effects of the stress on its system.

It also reiterated calls for consumers to use water sparingly.

Rand Water's Eddie Singo said they were working hard to manage demand in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West and the Free State.

“The consumption has increased and of course it’s exacerbated by the heatwave that the entire country is faced with. That results in people consuming more water than they should.”

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