The recent rain is bringing some relief to easing the water shortage as Dam levels start to rise. Here’s a current update on the Vaal Dam.


Dams around South Africa have risen over the past few weeks but authorities have said this amount still remains below average and we need to continue our efforts at saving water.

The Water and Sanitations Department says the Vaal Dam water levels have risen to 59.15%. This is a significant increase of more than 2% over the last three days.

The department’s spokesperson Sputnik Ratau says, “This is the direction that we would like the dam to take, not just the dam but the Vaal River system as a whole.”

But water restrictions are still in place and must still be implemented in all provinces. According to Ratau, the country is presently still in a drought situation.

The rain we’re experiencing is only a marginal relief from the drought and expected to only continue until April 2017.

When the rainy season stops we could find ourselves in a worse-off condition if water saving strategies don’t become a daily habit for every single South African.

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Sources: Water and Sanitations Department | EWN

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