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Harsh Water Restrictions in Zambia

The Department of Water and Sanitation has urged Gauteng provincial and local authorities to start imposing water restrictions. The call comes as the country is facing one of the worst droughts in 30 years, causing levels of the Vaal Dam to drop. Spokesperson Sputnik Ratau says the average water levels in dams nationally stands at 53%, compared to 73% during the same period in 2016. Ratau says Gauteng residents should prepare for harsh water restrictions as very little rainfall is expected in the rest of the year. “We realised that the Vaal River system, which is the biggest feeder of water into the system of Gauteng, is now in a critical stage and the Vaal dam itself is at the level of 35% of capacity. That is why on the 12th of August there was a government Gazette by the Acting DG of the department, that Gauteng has got to look at the matter of water restrictions, just like they have in KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Limpopo.”

Steve Johnson

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