The increase in rainfall across South Africa since November 2019 have been noticable, especially in the central, northern and eastern parts of the country. Many images and videos have been circulating of absolute joy experienced by nature and people alike for this blessing!
It is however important to keep in mind that the rainfall we receive in our direct environment remain a source of water supply to consumers across the country. We may find relief from drought conditions in our immediate environment, which will boost our gardens and fill up water tanks and swimming pools, but the entire country will remain under stress due to the impact of changing weather conditions + an increase in demand of a resource that have not & will not increase.
The water that we have on earth have been recycled by nature for millions of years. Water in South Africa is in growing demand which will outstrip our countries ability to supply within the next decade due to increases in population numbers.
Water conservation is not a temporary exercise – It is a way of life!
A CONSTANT REMINDER!
- Gauteng is supplied with water from the Vaal Dam catchment, which includes the Vaal River, Wilge River and all their tributaries.
- There are two water transfer schemes that feed into the Vaal Dam catchment, namely the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which obtains water from the mountains of Lesotho, and the Thukela-Vaal Water Transfer Scheme, which obtains water from Kwa-Zulu Natal and is released into the Vaal Dam catchment when needed.
You can view updated dam levels on the following link to keep an eye on Gauteng’s water catchment status: http://www.randwater.co.za/CorporateResponsibility/WWE/Pages/Damlevel.aspx