That’s despite rain falling in parts of the country in the last few days.
Experts say it’s too early to hope for an improvement on the water shortages.
“Our rainy season normally starts in September. We are now in December, and we’ve had very little rainfall when you look at it,” said Department of Water and Sanitation spokesman Sputnik Ratau.
“Obviously what it means is that a lot of our ground is dry, so we haven’t had a lot of runoff, the ground hasn’t been able to absorb a lot of the water, so we are nowhere near getting out of the situation.”
Areas like Mahikeng have noted increases in their water reservoirs, but its effects will be short-lived, with places like Brits expecting even less rain.
The country’s dam levels are much lower when compared to the same period last year.
“We are looking at a reduction on a weekly basis of 1 percent in our dam levels,” said Ratau.
“And 1 percent of any amount of water that gets reduced is not a small amount.
Generally countrywide we are seeing a trend of 1 percent reduction per week of water availability, so that is a very serious concern.”
Residents are warned against wasting water.
“We have also begun to experience not necessarily drought, but water scarcity in some of our provinces,” he said.
“Like Gauteng for instance. There is water but it is not at the level we would have wanted it to be because of different reasons other than drought.”
Weather experts say more rain is in store for the weekend and next week.
But they don’t expect heavy rains to fall until March next year.
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