While South Africa may have a lack of electricity right now leading to loadshedding, what we’re not lacking is water as several consecutive days of rain have flooded parts of the country. This has been bad news for many, but it at least means we have water to spare, especially as news was released that Gauteng dam levels are now sitting at 111 percent.
This comes from the National Department of Water and Sanitation, complete with the blunt graphic you see above.
That percentage was captured a few days ago on 9th December. To put that number into perspective the levels this time last week were at 88.2 percent, and this time last year they were at 94.5%.
The Department provides the following dam levels across the province:
- Bon Accord Dam: 108.4 percent (last week: 108.4 percent)
- Rietvlei Dam: 87.3 percent (last week: 87.3 percent)
- Roodeplaat Dam: 118.4 percent (last week: 99.7 percent)
- Vaal Dam: 39.2 percent (last week: 40.2 percent)
- Bronkhorstpruit Dam: 113.9 percent (last week: 75.3 percent)
Despite all that rain the Vaal is still less than half full and actually decreased in overall percentage. Thankfully the Department has provided an explanation for that in the form of a graphic you can see embedded below.
It seems that one of the main causes is that the rain in Gauteng went to the Crocodile and Jukskei Rivers instead, or to the Vaal River instead of the dam. Continual high consumption levels also play a part here.
Dam levels for the rest of South African can also be found here. As expected some did see increases from the rain, but none as dramatic as Gauteng.
Despite heavy rains, the Vaal Dam is at 39.2%. A decline from last week’s 40.2%
— Water&SanitationRSA (@DWS_RSA) December 11, 2019