vaal dam levels south africa

Angling at the Vaal Dam, Deneysville, South Africa. Image via Wikimedia Commons/Ossewa

Dam levels in SA: Vaal Dam reaches 82.4% capacity after recent rainfall

Currently at 82.4% capacity and climbing!

vaal dam levels south africa

Angling at the Vaal Dam, Deneysville, South Africa. Image via Wikimedia Commons/Ossewa

Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Limpopo may have been on the receiving end of the wrath of a very upset weather deity recently, but the upside is that dam levels across the country are now reaching capacity.

Dam levels in South Africa: What you need to know

At the time of publishing, Gauteng’s dam levels are at 97.4%, while the Vaal dam was 82.4% (a sharp rise from 78.4% on 1 February) as per the water and sanitation department’s latest report. 

In addition, the Western Cape’s average dam level for the province stood at 63.9% on Monday. This is bound to change over the coming days as several provinces still have active flood warning alerts.

“Huge volumes coming in now, so levels should rise substantially in coming days!”

Gauteng Weather on Twitter.

Floods and heavy rainfall expected

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) on Tuesday, 2 February, warned that disruptive downpours leading to possible floods are expected across large parts of the country.

Residents in Ventersdorp in the North West province, in particular, were warned of flash flooding on low-lying roads and settlements, as well as reduced visibility, slippery roads, and “possible major disruptions to traffic flow.”

The statement warned that “disruptions to essential services are also possible and danger to life due to fast-flowing streams”. Heavy rainfall was also expected across the following provinces:

  • Western parts of Limpopo
  • Central and eastern parts of the North West
  • Southwestern areas of Mpumalanga
  • Northeastern parts of the Free State
  • Northwestern parts of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Gauteng

The SAWS warned that “heavy rainfall could lead to the to flooding of roads and settlements (both formal and informal) and possible damage to roads and bridges”.

Water-saving habits

Remember that South Africa is a water-scarce country. While there are no water restrictions in place, it’s always good to develop water-saving habits. The Department of Water and Sanitation recommends the following:

  • never leave the tap running while brushing their teeth
  • place a cistern displacement device in the cistern of your toilet, you can get one from your local municipality or the Department of Water and Sanitation. From personal experience, a bottle filled with water will work as well.
  • take shorter showers
  • Fix dripping taps, one dripping faucet can waste 5 500 litres of water a year.
  • When watering your garden use a watering can. A hose can use 1 000 litres of water an hour.

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