About 40% of Gauteng’s water flows through this 96m intake tower in the Katse Dam in central Lesotho via a series of underground tunnels, through to the Vaal Dam in Gauteng. Picture: MATTHEW SAVIDES
About 40% of Gauteng’s water flows through this 96m intake tower in the Katse Dam in central Lesotho via a series of underground tunnels, through to the Vaal Dam in Gauteng. Picture: MATTHEW SAVIDES

Good rainfall has benefited dams and water systems in the country over the past week, increasing the total volume of water storage from 47.9% to 48.7%, the Department of Water and Sanitation said on Tuesday.

A number of dams were above 100%, it said. The Vaal system, with 14 dams, rose from 49% to 50.6%.

Katse Dam, Grootdraai Dam, and the Crocodile West system were also among the systems whose water levels rose.

But Sterkfontein Dam, the Orange River, the Polokwane system and the Western Cape system all saw their water levels fall, the department said.

Despite the recent good rainfall, the department urged people and businesses to adhere to water restrictions, saying dam levels had not yet returned to normal.

 

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