The department of water affairs said it had no other option but to arrive at a decision to replenish the Vaal dam, whose levels are at an alarming level of about 25%.
On Monday morning, volumes of water from the Sterkfontein dam situated between the Free States and KwaZulu-Natal were released into the Vaal dam.
Speaking to The Citizen, spokesperson for the department Sputnik Ratau said 20 cubic metres of water were being released into the Vaal dam per second.
“We expect to complete this recovery exercise by the end of the year.
“However, we want to still warn residents that this exercise will not necessarily mean the end of the drought situation faced by the country, and we urge them again to continue using water sparingly while at the same time we are hoping for the much needed rainfall to come our way,” he said.
The Vaal dam supplies water mainly to Gauteng. Due to the drought that has gripped most parts of the country, several municipalities have since introduced level 2 water restrictions that, among other things, prohibits residents from using hosepipes to wash their cars and and paving areas as well as watering gardens during 6am and 6am.
Since the drought, eight of the country’s nine provinces have been declared disaster drought areas.
The South African Weather Services (Saws) on Sunday said residents should expect wet conditions for the better part of this week.