The Department of Water and Sanitation calls on Gauteng residents to continue saving water despite some small dams in the province being in a stable state, according to this week’s state of reservoirs report issued published by the Department.The provincial water storage is currently at 94.3%, down from last week’s 96.5%. However, the provincial water storage is in a better state compared to 85.6% during the same period last year. While some dams are above the 100%, some are at lower levels, especially when compared to the corresponding period last year. Currently, the Bon Accord Dam is overflowing at 109.6%, same last year during this period. Reitvlei Dam on the borders of Pretoria almost reached its capacity at 99.8%, The dam stood at 93.9% last year. Roodeplaat Dam, north of the Capital City, remained above the 100% mark as it recorded at 100.9%. Bronkhorstspruit Dam dropped this week to 86.7% from 92.2% last week. As we moving towards a hot summer, the Department of Water and Sanitation is calling on everyone to save water for brighter future.
Vaal Dam plummets to lowest levels but not at its worstOver the past twelve months, the levels of the Vaal Dam in the Vaal Integrated Vaal River System have plummeted by a huge margin but remains a safe notches from reaching the worst drop it saw when Gauteng was hit by a devastating drought. The Department of Water and Sanitation’s weekly state of dams indicates that the Vaal Dam presently sits 31.2%, down from 32.4% last week. The extent of the drop in the levels of the dam show a steady and sustained decline from when it stood at 52.1% during the same period last year. The Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS), which continues to fall week-on week, has dropped from 56.9% last week to 56.0% this week while last year at the same time it stood at 61.8%. The Department of Water and Sanitation in Gauteng stresses the importance of community’s participation in efforts to conserve water and wishes to highlight its onerous role in preserving the resource by using it wisely and sparingly. The Department believes that water users are indispensable in keeping the consumption patterns at a bare-minimum to maintain the stability of the system and to ensure it is not compromised.