SOUTH AFRICA’S DAMS REPORT HIGHER LEVELS FOLLOWING GOOD RAINFALL IN PAST WEEK

The South African Department of Water and Sanitation says all dams and systems in the country have benefitted from the good rains over the past week, with a number of dams reaching above 100 per cent capacity.

Water released from the Sterkfontein Dam recently has just about reached the Vaal Dam and with good rains, the catchment increased from 26.5 per cent to 31.5 per cent, the department said Wednesday.

"The Integrated Vaal System has improved and is above 50 per cent again. The total volume of water in storage increased this week from 47.9 per cent to 48.7 per cent. The Crocodile West system benefitted from Tshwane and Johannesburg runoff, increased from 79.8 per cent to 84.0 per cent (at the Hartbeespoort and Roodeplaat Dams)," the department added.

The Vaal System, with 14 dams serving Gauteng, which is South Africa's most populous province, as well as the integrated energy and chemical company Sasol and national power utility Eskom, also rose from 49 per cent to 50.6 per cent capacity. During this time last year, the system was at 66.3 per cent.

The Vaal dam has increased from 26.2 per cent last week to 31.5 per cent, while the Katse Dam increased from 37.9 per cent to 39.1 per cent.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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