- The Vaal Dam has reached 100% capacity for the first time in almost three years
- The dam's full capacity is 126% and just three months ago the dam was sitting at just 20% full
- Tropical Storm Eloise helped fill the dam as it brought heavy downpours to Gauteng over the past few weeks
The Vaal Dam in Gauteng has reached 101.5% out of its 126% capacity. This is the first time in three years that the dam has reached over 100% capacity. The northern and central parts of the country have received heavy rainfall in the past few weeks.
The rainfall is due to Tropical Storm Eloise that entered Mozambique on 23 January. In early 2020 the dam was a mere 57% full.
The dam reached 100% capacity on Monday, 8 February at around 5pm. The news of the dam has spread on social media, creating tons of excited responses.
According to Getaway, quite a few other dams in South Africa have also breached the 100% mark. These include the Bloemhof Dam, Gariep Dam, Vanderkloof Dam and Tierpoort Dam. A tweet by Gauteng Water stated that the dam was at 20% full just three months ago.
Take a look at the tweets about the dam below:
Read some of the responses below:
"This is awesome news."
"The best news I have heard today. Thank you, Lord!"
@AfricaInMyDNA responded with:
"It bettered my prediction of 100% by 20 days. Maybe we can see it at 126% by the 28th February. That would be 'sooo goood'."
"This is wonderful news indeed considering that we are a water-scarce country, nonetheless let's continue using water sparingly."
In other good news about bodies of water, Briefly.co.za recently reported on a man who celebrated the reopening of beaches with a beautiful sand sculpture. A talented artist called Innocence sculpted a beautiful horse out of sand as South Africans returned to the beaches following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Daleen Nel Hall shared his amazing work on Facebook in the #ImStaying group and asked him some questions about the artwork on Muizenberg Beach.
Innocence explained that he had chosen a horse to encourage people to wear face masks, wash their hands and use hand sanitiser. He described the horse as a race to keep healthy.
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