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The Department of Water and Sanitation is calling on residents of Gauteng to take proactive measures in reducing their water consumption, despite the relatively stable water levels in the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) this week.
Although the IVRS currently stands at 92.3%, a slight decrease from 93.0% last week, it is essential to note that this time last year, the system stood at a more comfortable 95.3%.
The Vaal Dam, a crucial component of the IVRS, is currently at 83.4%, down from 84.7% the previous week. Looking at the same period last year, the dam's capacity was a healthy 96.1%.
Similarly, the Grootdraai Dam has experienced a slight decrease from 89.0% to 88.0% this week, while last year, it boasted a capacity of 93.4%.
Another significant reservoir, the Bloemhof Dam, has also seen a decrease in water levels. It has dropped from 101.0% last week to 99.9% this week. As a point of comparison, the dam stood at 97.2% during the same period last year.
Despite these fluctuations, the Sterkfontein Dam has maintained its stable capacity, albeit with a slight decrease from 99.7% to 99.3% this week. In the previous year, it recorded a similar capacity of 99.3%.
In Lesotho, the situation remains relatively positive. Both the Mohale and Katse dams have managed to maintain healthy levels, despite the Mohale dam experiencing a slight decline this week.
The Katse Dam's water level increased to 93.6% from last week's 93.3% but was significantly lower at 86.7% during the same period last year. On the other hand, the Mohale Dam saw a slight decline, standing at 83.5% compared to last week's 85.7%. The dam recorded a higher capacity of 92.4% in the previous year.
Despite the stable water levels in many of these crucial water sources, the Department of Water and Sanitation continues to urge Gauteng residents to remain prudent in their water usage. It is crucial for residents to remember that water is a finite resource and that responsible consumption is essential for the long-term sustainability of the water supply.
As temperatures rise, it becomes even more critical to use water wisely and adhere to the water restrictions imposed by municipalities. By reducing consumption and adopting water-saving habits, residents will play a significant role in conserving water and ensuring its availability in the future.
DWS Spokesperson, Ms Wisane Mavasa said the Department appeals to the Gauteng residents to be mindful of any leaks or wastage in their homes, such as dripping taps or running toilets, as these can contribute to unnecessary water loss. Additionally, the residents are also encouraged to implement minor changes when using water, like taking shorter showers, using a watering can instead of a hosepipe for gardening, and collecting rainwater for plants can all contribute to reducing water consumption.
Issued by the Department of Water & Sanitation