The average level of many public and farm dams are currently still declining across much of South Africa’s summer rainfall region. Still, agricultural players in these areas remain hopeful that forecasts for average to above-average rainfall during the 2020/2021 summer will replenish the much-needed freshwater resources.
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has highlighted the decreasing dam levels, and has urged the general public to use water wisely. In various statements, DWS spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, urged South African residents and businesses to use water sparingly given that average dam levels in summer rainfall areas were declining, with some individual dams even at critically low levels.
He cited the example of the Vaal Dam, Gauteng’s main water storage and supply dam, as being around 36% full at present (2019: 57%).
Farmersweekly.co.za quoted him as saying: “The [department] advises Gauteng water users not to panic owing to deteriorating levels in the Vaal Dam, but to continue to use water wisely and sparingly.”