WATER RESTRICTIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA’S GAUTENG PROVINCE MAY BE LIFTED SOON

PRETORIA, Water restrictions in Gauteng, South Africa’s smallest but most populous province where the national financial and administrative capitals of Johannesburg and pretoria are located, may be lifted with immediate effect following persistent rainfall across the country in recent weeks, says Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

The Department of Water and Sanitation is monitoring levels at the Vaal Dam and says that its sluice gates will be opened once its reaches full capacity. The Dam had reached 95.2 per cent of capacity over the weekend, the highest in two years.

Since late 2016, Gauteng municipalities have been receiving 15 per cent less water from the local utility, Rand Water, in a bid to mitigate the impact of the drought.

However, Mokonyane said Sunday that the water levels of the Integrated Vaal River System had improved, with the Vaal Dam now standing at above 94 per cent cvapacity.

“The current status of the Integrated Vaal River System necessitates the consideration around the lifting of the water restrictions we announced for Gauteng in November 2016 with immediate effect,” she said.

However, she also warned: “Don’t go water your gardens, it’s been raining. This will be communicated with the municipalities and gazetted accordingly.”

Meanwhile, the Bloemhof Dam, located on the border of Free State and North West Provinces, has been kept at a steady level since Friday to prevent flooding of the surrounding area.

On Sunday, two sluice gates were running at an optimum level, keeping the dam level at 100 per cent. The Bloemhof Dam, with a catchment area diameter of more than three kilometres, can reach an estimated capacity of 120 per cent.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK