Shocking photos of an empty Vaal Dam have been circulating on social media, forcing South Africa to face the reality that we all need to save water!


South Africa is being urged to conserve water and to use water sparingly due to the severe strain as a result of the recent drought. Concerns are also rising as the levels of the Vaal Dam continue to drop drastically in what is being called South Africa’s driest year in centuries.

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The dam supplies around 12 million South Africans, and as of September, the water level was at only 29,9 percent full. This time last year, it was at around 63 percent full.

The country is in dire need of rainfall, with at least some forecast over the next few weeks – however, the South African Weather Service has warned that hot and dry conditions are likely to persist until the end of the year.

Rand Water has started reducing water supply to various municipalities in an effort to stem water usage and avoid implementing Level 3 water restrictions.

This comes after residents continue to ignore the current water restrictions with water levels at dams at worrying levels.

If you see anyone breaking the rules, watering their gardens or washing cars, you can report them by emailing them at or tweeting them to @JHBWater.

The images below have been uploaded to hundreds of Facebook pages, such as Geologica Day by Day, showing the shockingly low water levels of the Vaal.

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This drone footage, uploaded by YouTube user Anees Dadabhay shows aerial footage of the dam from 9 October.

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