Water Wednesday: Vaal dam is 100% full while Western Cape struggles

The heavy rains of the past few weeks seem to have done a world of good in bringing dam levels up this week and alleviating the stress of the water crisis.

The Water and Sanitation Department delivered some great news to South Africans this week when it announced that the Vaal Dam was 100 % full, the highest it has been in six years.

Watch the video comparing the Vaal dam levels in 2016 and the levels this year after the past week.

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said that Johannesburg Water department would be constructing a plan to lift water restrictions in Gauteng. South Africans quickly retweeted the great news but the department warned that we are not quite out of the woods as yet.

Grootdraai was at 101.98% and Bloemhof was at 87.5% inflow 669.46m3/s and discharge 549.54m3/s this week.

De Lille calls for Cape Town to be declared a disaster area

Western Cape dam levels are at a critical level and dropped to 31% this week. The City of Cape Town has released the districts that consume the most water.  The municipality currently consumes 837 million litres of water collectively per day. This is above the set target of 700 million litres per day. The city has since issued 36 fines to people who contravened level 3B water restrictions.

Here is your weekly dam update:

For a more in depth rainfall update, visit WeatherSA or click here. For more information on the water storage levels across the country, visit the DWS site. For a comprehensive drought status report from the Department of Water and Sanitation, click here.

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