Years of bungling in water affairs has seen to it that the planned lower Orange river dam project has been delayed over and over again.
The Gariep Dam is now 98% full as well. So, there is no choice now but to release water out of the Bloemhof Dam to prevent a situation where both the Gariep Dam and the Bloemhof Dam overflow at the same time, which will cause major flooding in the lower Orange.
Its kinda scary to see how little inflow there was into the Vaal dam after this point last year. Hoping we still get some good rains for January and February, though at least we're already a bit higher than last year.