The drought has seen water levels drop between 8 and 20% in six of the province’s dams. This has left water storage in the province standing at a low 56%.
Water levels have dropped to near crisis levels in the Northern Cape leaving taps on the brink of running dry. The levels of the Vaal River system supporting the interior of the province have dropped by 20% in the past year alone.
The drought has pushed the department to impose water restrictions on the province’s Sol Plaatje Municipality, for the first time in about 25 years.