Water restrictions in Gauteng have officially been lifted after it was published in the government gazette on Monday.
The Vaal Dam is more than 95% full following continued spell of good rainfall in parts of the province.
This follows the tightened water restrictions put in place by the City of Johannesburg in October 2016 to curb water consumption by 15% in the greater metropolitan area.
The Water and Sanitation Department, however, says residents shouldn’t waste water as the country is still experiencing drought conditions.
Spokesperson Sputnik Ratau says: “The Department of Water and Sanitation did gazette the lifting of the water restrictions in Gauteng on 13 March and based on that gazette, therefore, the water restrictions in Gauteng are officially lifted.
The news will provide a welcomed sigh of relief for businesses and farmers supplied by the Gauteng dam systems as the area was severely affected in the beginning of 2016 by an unrelenting drought similar to the one being experienced in Western Cape at present.
The City of Cape Town has since then been declared a disaster zone by Mayor Patricia de Lille in a bid to expedite emergency resources needed to tackle the current scarcity of water.