Water restrictions set to continue

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JOHANNESBURG, 30 October 2015 - Rand Water, the country's largest water distributor, says supply is under severe strain. It blames this on high temperatures and the lack of rain. But says there are things Gauteng residents can do to help ease the pressure

JOHANNESBURG – Water usage restrictions are set to continue countrywide as authorities try to stay on top of the water shortage crisis.

KwaZulu-Natal and Free State have been declared disaster zones as some areas in those provinces are said to only have a few months’ water supply left.

Last week, salt water from the Indian Ocean contaminated the water supply from the Umzimkulu River. This resulted in Port Shepstone residents having to queue to buy drinkable water from supermarkets.

Some farmers have already started applying for drought relief.

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane warned this week that people need to change their water use.

"Behavioural change amongst all of us is important and, globally, the world has come to realise that – treat water as something you may lose anytime," she said.

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