On Thursday afternoon the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) opened the sluice gates at the Vaal Dam…

The incredible waterfall that gushed over the dam’s walls was a spectacular sight to witness. The recent heavy rains in the area have caused the dam to breach the 100% mark!

It was standing at 103% on Wednesday morning which prompted the DWS to release the sluice gates.

 

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Slight relief for the drought-ravaged Eastern Cape

While much of the country has received rain over the past few weeks, the Eastern Cape is still battling a long term drought. The Algoa Water Supply System is currently below 20%.

According to the DWS, the Gariep Dam is at 112.3 %. Transfers of water from the Dam to the Algoa Water Supply Scheme in the Eastern Cape are underway. This is done through the Orange-Fish River Tunnel.

Dams within the Algoa Water Supply System include Kouga Dam at  7.6%, Impofu Dam at 17.4%, Kromrivier at 50.5%, Loerie Dam 68.6% and Groendal Dam 38.9%

The Orange–Fish Tunnel is a long irrigation tunnel in central South Africa, built to divert water from the Orange River to the Fish River valley.

 

 

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