Tighter water restrictions coming in NW


The national Department of Water and Sanitation is soon going to publish tighter water restrictions in North West because the impact of drought in this province has worsened.

Spokesperson for the department, Sputnik Ratau, says due to the critical low levels at some of the major dams together with the lack of seasonal rainfall, the department is forced to implement restrictions. He said the Sehujwane, Marico-Bosveld, Kromellenboog, Swartruggens, Pella, Madikwe, Molatedi, Lindleyspoort, Setumo and Koster dams and river systems will be affected.

Ratau says water levels of the dams are currently running below normal and the department hopes that the restrictions will minimize the risk of a complete water supply failure.

“At the moment we have not finalized as to what they are, but my suspicion is that they will be about 15% for domestic use and 20% for agriculture, but it’s something we will be able to notify everybody about once that that decision has been taken,” says Ratau.

Cathy Dlodlo/Courant News