Water restrictions still apply

2016-11-16 06:02

The Department of Water and Sanitation in the Free State is encouraging consumers to still use water sparingly. The department has warned that sporadic rainfall in parts of the country, including the province, has still not been sufficient to address the severe drought and water crisis facing the country.

“While the levels of rivers and dams have improved slightly, they are still a long way from being back to business as usual. Currently, Free State dam levels stand at 49% as compared to 65% at the same time last year,” said Marcus Monyakeni, departmental spokesperson.

Water restrictions apply to watering of lawns and plants by utilising hosepipes and irrigation systems in the form of automated sprinklers, the filling of swimming pools and washing cars, as well as sweeping pavements using a hosepipe.

Monyakeni said any contravention of restrictions will result in a fine of up to R20 000.

Communities and industries are advised to report leakages and burst pipes to their respective municipalities and the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on 0800-200-200.


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