No water from Katse dam for two months - Gauteng warned to save

No water from Katse dam for two months - Gauteng warned to save

20.9.2019

No water from Katse dam for two months - Gauteng warned to save

The department of water and sanitation on Friday called on water consumers in Gauteng to significantly cut back on their water usage due to a planned shutdown of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project tunnel system.

“No water transfers to the Vaal River System will be possible over this period as the tunnel will be drained for these inspections and maintenance work to be done,” the department said.

“During the inspection and maintenance work, water consumers and especially the farming community will be affected. This therefore necessitates that water users heed the call to use water with the utmost sensitivity to the limited water supply.”

“Water users in Gauteng are therefore requested to work co-operatively with the department by ensuring that they use water sparingly and with the greatest care. This is important so as to guarantee that as the work continues, water users are not left in need.

A week ago, the department confirmed that Katse Dam is at an alarmingly low level due to the ongoing drought. The dam's level was at 16.9%, with the department commenting that it was heading for “serious times”.

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