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CT residents could face water restrictions in December

The city council will meet early in December to discuss the implementation of precautionary restrictions.

FILE: The Western Cape Environmental Affairs Department on Tuesday said an increase in water tariffs may also be implemented. Picture: freeimages.com.

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Cape Town residents could face strict water restrictions next month.

The city council will meet early in December to discuss the implementation of precautionary restrictions on the use of water.

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The city's Xanthea Limberg said, "The dam levels are currently lower than in previous years. There is less of a buffer between us and a water crisis, especially if we experience another dry winter next year."

The Western Cape Environmental Affairs Department on Tuesday said an increase in water tariffs may also be implemented.

This is one of the short-term measures the provincial government is considering to ensure residents use water more responsibly.

Local Government and Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell said no restrictions have been imposed for now.

WATER SHORTAGES IN GAUTENG

On Wednesday, Joburg Water deployed tankers to the hospitals, which were left without water for much of the day.

Patients requiring dialysis were sent to other facilities while non-emergency surgeries were cancelled or postponed.

Water cuts have since been resolved the Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa Mother and Child hospitals.

At the same time, water tankers were sent to affected suburbs including Brixton, Coronationville and Westdene.

The northern Johannesburg suburbs of Sandton, Parkhurst and Hyde Park were also affected.

AFFECTED SUBURBS IN JHB

• Illovo, Sandton CBD, Sandhurst, Hyde Park and the surrounds

Water supply interruption between midnight and 4am this morning

• Zacharia Park in Lenasia

Water supply to the area to normalise by 2pm today.

• South Hills (Third day without normal water supply)

Tankers are located at South Hills Tower and South Hills Clinic and will dispatch three additional tankers by 11am.

Rand Water will close the outlet to their Meyers Hill reservoir from 10 am until 4pm today and normal supply is expected by tomorrow morning.

The areas that will be affected by the temporary closure are Theresa Park, Steeldale, Elandspark, Elektron, Queens Haven, Moffet View, Rose Acres, Regents Park, Rosettenville, The Hill, La Rochelle, Turffontein and a portion of Kenilworth.

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