Dam levels only increased by 2.5% after heavy rains

Department of Water and Sanitation says people should continue saving water as the recent rains didn't have much effect on the worrying dam levels.

The spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, says the dam levels were at 25.2 % before heavy rains and flash floods which took the lives of seven people and more than a hundred homeless in Gauteng.

He says levels are now standing at 27.7%.

It is still way below what we would wish for.

Sputnik Ratau, Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson

Those kinds of heavy rains falls for a short period of time with devastating effects are not quite helpful.

Sputnik Ratau, Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson

At the time when they were really coming down, the ground was still very dry, there was not much moisture underground that would then help that water to run into some of our rivers and reservoirs.

Sputnik Ratau, Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson

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