Gauteng residents urged to use water sparingly as Vaal Dam level drops again

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According to a weekly dam levels report released by the department of water and sanitation this week, the Vaal Dam has plunged to lower levels compared to the same period last year.

The dam is currently at 55.1%, down from 55.8% last week whereas during the same period last year, the dam was floating at an impressive 70.3%.

“The drop indicates that the dam has been on a steady decline for a number of months,” said the department.

 
It's now on 49.6%, which is about 22% lower than it was 26 May 2019.

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Crap journalism. The decline has been steady and obvious for months. Water should always be used sparingly. Not news.
 
Crap journalism. The decline has been steady and obvious for months. Water should always be used sparingly. Not news.

Well, you go tell the people who waste water but you are not allowed to do it through the media (aka journalism), off you go, see you next decade...
 
How much is being wasted through faulty infrastructure - fix that and you'll probably see a massive decline in the rate
 
drought still keep on knocking, and it will become worse
 
Yeah ****ers stop showering or by the time I'm allowed to yacht again there will be fokol water upon which to yacht!
 
We went into the dry season with the Vaal Dam quite low (I think it was around 58% or thereabouts)

Its going to get interesting towards November / December
 
We went into the dry season with the Vaal Dam quite low (I think it was around 58% or thereabouts)

Its going to get interesting towards November / December
Google Sterkfontein dam
 
It's a resource for last resort... The Vaal didn't fill up as much as hoped over the rainy season
True. My point is that we're a long way from having a problem. That's not taking away from the necessity of using water sparingly, simply that there is a whole other dam at close to 100% in reserve.
 
The tunnel from Lesotho was closed for maintenance wasn't it? Would explain the low level

Maintenance was completed in December, what makes matters worse is Lesotho is currently experiencing a severe drought - if memory serves the Katse dam hit a low of 7% in December (I stand to be corrected on that figure though

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True. My point is that we're a long way from having a problem. That's not taking away from the necessity of using water sparingly, simply that there is a whole other dam at close to 100% in reserve.

We probably won't see any restrictions like Cape Town experienced, but I wouldn't be surprised if we have restrictions such as those in 2015 reinstated
 
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