Reitumetse Makwea
Digital Intern
1 minute read
12 Feb 2021
11:14 am

WATCH: 2 more Vaal Dam sluices opened ahead of expected weekend rains

Reitumetse Makwea

The department said that one of the gates would be opened at 10am on Friday morning, followed by the second one at midday, with the total outflow expected to be around a safe 649m³/s

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The department’s spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said that their decision to open the first three sluices was due to the weak tropical low-pressure system developing over the Mozambican Channel, which is expected to bring more rain to the upper Vaal system.

Ratau said they had been monitoring the dam’s performance in terms of its outflow and inflow and the decision was going to be progressive over time.

“With the weather system developing over the Mozambican Channel, the best decision was to open the other two gates to reduce the water even quicker,” said Ratau

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“The release of the water, which will flow into the Bloemhof Dam, is in anticipation of rainfall expected over the Orange River system and the river flows from the upper Vaal rapidly filling the Integrated Vaal River System and particular the Vaal Dam,” said the d³epartment.

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