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Felicia Nkhwashu
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14 Dec 2018
1:03 pm

Dam levels in Tshwane surpass expectations

Felicia Nkhwashu

Seventy-two percent of the city’s water comes from the Vaal Dam, which is currently at 78% capacity.

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Despite below-average recent rainfalls, dam levels in Tshwane are doing well.

This was according to the SA Weather Service and the department of water and sanitation, reports Centurion Rekord.

“South Africa in general got below-average rainfall in October and November,” said national climate centre manager Elsa de Jager.

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“November, however, was a relatively dry month in Gauteng, as the province only received about 37mm of rain in comparison with 106mm, which is normal.”

This, however, did not affect dam levels in Tshwane.

Tshwane residents get their water from the Roodeplaat, Rietvlei, Bronkhortspruit and Leeuwkraal dams as well as the Vaal Dam, according to metro spokesperson Selby Bokaba.

Seventy-two percent of the city’s water comes from the Vaal Dam, which is currently at 78.0% capacity.

Bokaba said other dam levels as of December 3 were as follows:

– Roodeplaat: 99.1%

– Rietvlei: 99.5%

– Bronkhorstspruit: 94.5%

– Leeuwkraal: 100%

However, due to water resource constraints from the Vaal River system, Rand Water has limited the amount of water it can supply to the city.

“Tshwane is currently exceeding this limit, hence the imposition of water restrictions by Rand Water.”

“Although the dams that serve Gauteng are in a better state than they were a year ago, it is important for all water consumers to continue to be water savvy,” said water department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau.

“South Africa remains a water-scarce country.”

“South Africans also use way more than the world average,” he said.

“They use an average of 237 litres of water per person per day, as opposed to the global average of 175 litres. So it is important for all to engage in water conservation such as rainwater harvesting and recycling grey water.”

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