Water drips from a tap.
DURBAN - Parts of KwaZulu-Natal are waking up to tougher water restrictions.
Some areas north of Durban will now receive only half their regular supply, following critically low rainfall.
The move will affect about 2 million people, as well as businesses.
Umgeni Water says the decision to increase restrictions from 30 percent, to 50 percent, was taken last week after the Hazelmere Dam showed little signs of recovery following the drought.
With only half the average rainfall received in the past month alone, the dam now sits at just over 26 percent.
It’s expected to supply 40 mega-litres of water per day.
Water cuts will be between six to eight hours per day.
This will go on through to April when the Lower Tugela Bulk Water Infrastructure Project in Mandini, is expected to kick in.