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South Africa’s water crisis worsens

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Heatwave El Niño hit South Africa hard back in 2015, plunging the county into a severe water crisis that did some serious damage causing drastic water restrictions.

Heatwave El Niño hit South Africa hard back in 2015, plunging the county into a severe water crisis that did some serious damage that caused nationwide water restrictions.

Now that the worst is over – at least for us Jozi dwellers – our Capetonian counterparts still struggle to keep fresh water available.

As the winter season makes way into South Africa, the rainy season will start in the Cape. But before then, water restrictions keep rising due to some of the dams running close to dry.

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In February, about 10 areas in the Cape were responsible for heavy water losses that included places such as Somerset West, Athlone and Newlands. In Kraaifontein, one area wasted about 702 000 litres of water!

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Currently, the water levels at Theewaterskloof dam in the Cape sit at 17.5% of water. This may sound like a lot of water but taking into account that only 10% of dam water cannot be used for drinking since it would be mud than drinking water, this leaves the dam at only 7.5% of its usable water.

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Another dam that is currently running real low is Brandvlei, which sits at only 11.6% this week. All is not lost though. Some of the dams can be let off the strain this winter since the Cape gets its water during this period.

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In other regions of Mzanzs, KwaZulu-Natal was also sitting at dire points. Currently, the Pongolapoort dam level is at 40.9% and in the Free States’ Vanderkloof dam has reached 63.8% of usable water.

One of the biggest worries had been the Vaal Dam, which supports the region of Gauteng, which once went just below 30%, but after a few showers and special thanks to our very own tropical storm, “princess” Dineo, who saved the year altogether, and now the Vaal sits at a healthy 103.2% this week.

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