Durban – The uMgungundlovu District Municipality has implemented a 15% water restriction, it said on Thursday.Municipal spokesperson Mbali Ndlovu said Umgeni Water which supplies potable water to eThekwini Metro, uMgungundlovu District, Ugu District, ILembe District and Msunduzi Local Municipality, has been tasked with ensuring that the restriction is implemented. “A phased programme of installing inlet restrictors to households throughout the district will commence mid-March 2016,” said Ndlovu. The municipality said on average the water consumption in the district was over 42.2 mega litres a day and the district must reduce it to at least 35.88 mega litres.Implementing restrictors will save over 12.48 mega litres per day, said Ndlovu. Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee said implementing restrictions would further avert water shortages. “We continue to request on all district residents and stakeholders to explore water harvesting practices,” said Bhamjee. He warned defaulters, especially businesses, that they will be disconnected and fined for non-payment of water services.