Vaal Dam sluice gates to be opened as it breaches 100% capacity

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The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will

Water was poured from the Val Dam on Thursday.

Since 2017, the Vaal dam has been full on Monday and has now exceeded the 100% mark.

Sputnik Ratau, a spokesman for the water and sanitation department, said the release was due to the rapid filling of the dam by the river in the Upper Var area.

Ratau said: "These flows and weather forecasts make it necessary to start flood prevention and release from Vaal."

Ratau said that preliminary analysis indicated that three gates need to be opened, but it is possible to open four gates.

“Since the Vaal Dam has broken through the 100% mark and floated at 103.5% on the morning of February 10, any further rapid inflows, especially due to the current indications that the Mozambique Strait is developing a system, may be in Vaal There was a lot of rain upstream, which left a deep impression on the DWS hydrologists and re-examined the management of the Vaal Dam in this way," he said.

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