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- Published on 16 March 2017
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Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation, Sputnik Ratau says the lifting of the water restrictions is because of improved dam levels following recent rains in the province.
''The Integrated Vaal River System has reached a level of about 95 percent and we had made an undertaking that once the system reaches 75 percent, we will review the restrictions that were imposed in Gauteng. Therefore, this is the reason why we gazetted on 13 March the lifting of these water restrictions," Ratau says.
The department says the Vaal dam has been increasing on a weekly basis and was on 95.5 percent during the first week of March.
''Our decision was based on looking at the fact that we needed the Integrated Vaal River System to be at least at 75 percent, now that it is over 95 percent there is really no reason for us to keep the water restrictions because the system will be able to service not just Rand Water, but Gauteng primarily with water throughout this coming winter season," Ratau says.
However, the department has cautioned that South Africa remains a water-scarce country.
Editor’s comment: This is the most irresponsible move by the custodian of our water resource. All it does is encourage bad behaviour returning rather than encouraging behavioural change which is what must happen. Driving in Pretoria yesterday I saw pavement sprinklers pumping litres of water on exceptionally green grass at 12 noon and it was hot!