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South Africa: Torrential Rains Improve SA’s Water Levels

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The latest weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation shows that dam levels in the Eastern Cape are sitting at 51% after the recent torrential rains.

“With more rains expected in the run-up to Christmas, it is likely that the levels may soon soar to 55% and beyond,” the department said on Wednesday.

The department said in the past weeks, vast parts of the country have been soaked with torrential rains that have changed the water situation drastically.

“The current heavy downpours have increased Gauteng dam levels by 5%, from 91. 7% to 96.1% since the beginning of December.

“The increased levels, which include the Vaal Dam, will bring much-needed relief to Gauteng water users,” the department said.

Free State tops the charts with its week-on-week dam level improvement, which the report captured at 72.4% this week. The figure reflects a 7% increase compared to the same period last year when the dams stood at 65.2%.

With the exception of the Western Cape and Limpopo, all provinces registered an increase in dam levels.

The Western Cape, which has entered a dry hydrological summer season, total dam levels dropped from 77.2% to 76% this week. However, the figure reflects a 16% improvement compared to the corresponding period last year, when the province experienced the worst drought in a century.

Limpopo dropped slightly from 56.1% to 55.8%. The department said the situation in Mopani and Mogalakwena districts is a great source of concern.