Vaal dam water

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Gauteng Dam levels hold firm despite decrease

“Both last week’s and this week’s levels are lower compared with the level of 100.8% the dams recorded at the same time last year.”

Vaal dam water

Flowing dam water levels. Image:

The Department of Water and Sanitation on Thursday urged Gauteng residents to exercise caution with regards to water use. The Gauteng dam levels show a minor drop from the previous week.

Nevertheless, the department said the dam levels “have shown resilience this week” despite the recent decrease. The province’s water level reached 100.2% last week and dropped by .2 to 100% this week.

“Both last week’s and this week’s levels are lower compared with the level of 100.8% the dams recorded at the same time last year.”

Gauteng Dam levels overview

Vaal River System (IVRS) report

As per the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) report from Rand Water, “the water management entity abstracts water, currently hovers at 92%”, which is drop of 0.4% from last week.

Rand Water points out that at this point last year, the level of the system stood at a measly 66.9%.

The Department of Water and Sanitation is still calling on residents to save water wherever and whenever possible. This can be done by using water from baths and wash machines to flush toilets and cleaning the paving.

“The Department further pleads with individuals in communities to encourage their friends and family to play a part in saving water in every small way they can”.

Other ways to save water

South Africa’s water consumption is extremely high. Gauteng residents use about 305 litres per person per day. The Northern Cape followed with 238 litres and KwaZulu Natal with 225 litres.

It may sound strange, but South Africans have less water per person than residents in Botswana and Namibia. Here are a few ways to reduce water consumption:

  • Save water by re-using greywater: for washing machines, flushing the toilets and watering the garden.
  • Keep showers as short as possible.
  • Close faucets when washing dishes, washing hands, brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Monitor your water meter for any leaks around the house, which could lead to a waste of water. Contact a leak detection service if you suspect an underground leak.
  • Bath with less water, or use the Bucket Bath method.
  • Only use the washing machine when you have enough items for a full load.
  • Report leaks to your local municipality to help the city save water.

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Gauteng dam levels: Statistics

As per the information from the Department of Water and Sanitation, the Bon Accord Dam, which is located along the Apies River, remains unchanged from last week’s level of 104.8%.

Back in 2020, the dam stood at an impressive 109.2%. The department explains that the “fact that it flows above the 100% mark shows that the dam has been resilient”.

While the Bon Accord Dam shows a 4.4% decrease, the Roodeplaat Dam “soared marginally” with 0.2% from last week’s 100.2% to 100.4% this week. The department confirmed on Thursday:

“The present level of the dam is just a few notches lower compared to the level of 100.3% it was during the same period last year.”

The Bronkhorstspruit Dam also descreased, from 99.5% last week to 99.1%. This time last year, the Bronkhorstspruit dam “had punched above the 100% mark to climb to 100.5%”, the department confirmed.

That leaves the Klipdrift Dam “at 101.4% for the third subsequent week”. Compared to 2020, the dam shows a marginal drop of 0.4 from 101.%.