Vaal dam 5% increase, but still not enough

The Department of Water Sanitation says the Vaal Dam levels have risen 5% to 31%, from 26% last week.

Dam levels in all provinces except the Cape Province have seen increases in dam levels.

The Vaal Dam is now being supplied by Sterkfontein Dam reserves after levels became critically low.

If we have better rains than what we have right now, we might shut down that operation earlier [before December].

Sputnik Ratau, Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson

When we look at the national average we realise that there is a slight increase of about point six percent to 49.3 week on week. But we are still way below our average last year which was about 62.6%.

Sputnik Ratau, Department of Water and Sanitation spokesperson

Listen to the audio below to hear more about the state of dam levels nationally...

Read More
Cape crayfish season kicks off on Saturday

Cape crayfish season kicks off on Saturday

If you itching to get out and catch some local kreef in the Cape, your wait is almost over. Find out about catch areas and limits.

Flow restrictors to monitor water wastage offenders - Tshwane mayor

Flow restrictors to monitor water wastage offenders - Tshwane mayor

City of Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimang says residents who refuse to stop wasting water will now face penalties.

Demand for water-wise properties is skyrocketing

Demand for water-wise properties is skyrocketing

Head of Gumtree Property says drought conditions increasing demand for properties with boreholes, no lawns, and small gardens.

Pool covers are now mandatory

Pool covers are now mandatory

There are different ways to save water by using pool covers which are a requirement for Level 3 water restrictions.

Dam levels only increased by 2.5% after heavy rains

Dam levels only increased by 2.5% after heavy rains

Water Dept says people must continue saving water as flash floods don't solve the problem or have much effect on dam levels.

You can buy inflatable pools, but can't use them 'til water restrictions cleared

You can buy inflatable pools, but can't use them 'til water restrictions cleared

The City of Cape Town has warned residents that plastic pools should only be used once level 3 water restrictions are lifted.

Could the water crisis have been avoided?

Could the water crisis have been avoided?

President of SA Institution of Civil Engineering, Dr Chris Herold, has blamed municipalities for not maintaining water pumps.

Sterkfontein water reserves to top up Vaal dam

Sterkfontein water reserves to top up Vaal dam

Gauteng water crisis to be alleviated once the Sterkfontein reserves join the Vaal Dam water system over the next 7 to 15 days.

Cape Town Level 3 water restrictions in full force

Cape Town Level 3 water restrictions in full force

Here are full details of City of Cape Town's Level 3 water restrictions.

Gauteng heatwave continues for the next two days

Gauteng heatwave continues for the next two days

Department of Water and Sanitation says dam levels are decreasing by one percent every week.

How converting to wetland pools could curb long-term water wastage

How converting to wetland pools could curb long-term water wastage

Wetland pools are natural swimming pools which filter water through a wetland to keep it clean and they may save you more water.

Vaal Dam only 27% full

Vaal Dam only 27% full

Department of Water and Sanitation is urging citizens to use water sparingly, or will soon be forced to use water reserves.

Level 3 water restrictions loom for City of Cape Town

Level 3 water restrictions loom for City of Cape Town

Dam levels continue to remain lower than normal and the city is considering stricter measures to save water.

Level 3 water restrictions a possibility as residents ignore appeals

Level 3 water restrictions a possibility as residents ignore appeals

Water levels have dipped to worrying levels prompting Rand Water to consider implementing Level 3 water restrictions.

Water outages looming if you don't save water- Joburg Water

Water outages looming if you don't save water- Joburg Water

Joburg City urges residents to use water sparingly following announcement that Gauteng will cut supply to all municipalities by 15%.

Gauteng to cut municipalities' water supply by 15%

Gauteng to cut municipalities' water supply by 15%

Minister of Water and Saniation Nomvula Mokonyane says level 2 restrictions have not been effective in saving water.

SA Weather Service predicts sweltering summer

SA Weather Service predicts sweltering summer

Weather temperatures are expected to remain high until mid-summer but some rain relief towards end of year.

Joburg Water fining water wasters

Joburg Water fining water wasters

Joburg Water spokesperson Hilgard Matthews is urging public to send alerts of water abuse to the City and they're taking action.

Agri Wes Cape plea for public to buy local

Agri Wes Cape plea for public to buy local

Farmers in the province are still hard-hit by the drought and some in the Karoo area are without basic essentials such as fodder.

Dam levels at an all time low

Dam levels at an all time low

Cogta Minister Des Van Royen says no guarantee of enough rain during the spring season this year, though not yet a disaster.

Conserve water as summer temperatures increase

Conserve water as summer temperatures increase

Department of Water and Sanitation says we could experience high levels of water evaporation this summer.

WC govt urges households to invest in rainwater tanks

WC govt urges households to invest in rainwater tanks

This comes after national government approved new water restrictions for parts of the province in a bid to save 20% on usage.

New Cape water restrictions in force as national government steps up

New Cape water restrictions in force as national government steps up

National government has approved new water restrictions in a bid to save 20% on usage.

Western Cape dam levels continue to drop weekly

Western Cape dam levels continue to drop weekly

CapeTalk’s John Maytham speaks to Dr. Kevin Winter, Environmental Scientist at UCT about the water situation in the Western Cape.

Could groundwater be an option for SA's water crisis?

Could groundwater be an option for SA's water crisis?

John Robbie spoke to Hydrologist, John Weaver about the possibility of exploring groundwater as a water source for SA.

Popular articles
It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

NSFAS to reopen 2017 applications

NSFAS to reopen 2017 applications

National Student Financial Aid Scheme says it will reopen 2017 loan applications after receiving requests for deadline extension.

How to build an African art portfolio (that'll grow in value)

How to build an African art portfolio (that'll grow in value)

Walker Scott Art Advisory’s Dr Fred Scott gives advice on building a high growth African art portfolio.

Right now, these are the best shares to buy on the JSE (according to Adviceworx)

Right now, these are the best shares to buy on the JSE (according to Adviceworx)

Bruce Whitfield interviews a Portfolio Manager about what she believes are the hottest stocks right now.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?

5 reasons why the tourism industry is sceptical about the latest numbers

5 reasons why the tourism industry is sceptical about the latest numbers

The tourism industry is questioning the veracity of the surprisingly upbeat tourism figures and the timing of their release.