Photo Credit: Gauteng Weather Twitter

The Vaal Dam reached 100% for the first time since 2018 and has since gone beyond that; as of today, the first two sluice gates have been opened.


Gauteng, South Africa (11 February 2021) – The Vaal Dam has reached 100% capacity after heavy rains in Gauteng and the rest of the country. The water just keeps on coming so they have opened two sluice gates to relieve some of the pressure.

In December last year, the dam was only 25% full. This is also the first time since 2018 that it has reached the 100% mark.

South Africa is a water-scarce country, so no matter how much it rains, we should always be saving water where possible!

The Department of Water and Sanitation wishes to thank the water consumers for responding to calls to use water wisely and sparingly but continues to make calls for them to continue to conserve the resource.

In this regard, the Department urges water users to install rainwater tanks to collect water rain from the gutters of roofs and store in rain tanks or similar storage devices for garden irrigation. This water could also be directed to garden areas so as not to waste and have it wash into the storm-water system.

Here are the current Dam Levels in Gauteng:

  • Grootdraai Dam – 101,2%
  • Bloemhof Dam – 110%
  • Vaal Dam – 106%
  • Sterkfontein Dam – 96,6%

Please take a look at the sluice gates below, its a beautiful sighting.

Sources: Twitter / Rand Water
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1 comment

  1. Great to see all the water we now have available. I hope the dams are utilised properly and water treatment around S.A are maintained to supply water constantly

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