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City of Tshwane facing dire water issues

Water capacity at two of the city’s 11 reservoirs has now dropped to below 40%.

FILE. Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa says they're also trying to clear a huge backlog of water leaks in the region, but has admitted that fixing them can take up to two weeks.  Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While the City of Johannesburg continues to warn about water shortages in high lying areas, the City of Tshwane says it's faced with a similar situation as two of its 11 reservoirs have water levels of below 40 percent.

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa says they're also trying to clear a huge backlog of water leaks in the region, but has admitted that fixing them can take up to two weeks.

Rand Water says it loses a quarter of its water supply to leaks and wastage every year.

LISTEN: 702 listeners called in to the breakfast show with John Robbie to weigh in on water supply issues.

Ramokgopa says water restrictions will continue in parts of the city today and says they've decided to recruit 100 people to help fix leaks.

"We have this huge backlog in that regard and that's why we're recruiting an additional 100 young people to help us in the programme."

WATCH: Taps have run dry in some parts of Johannesburg, and residents now have to rely on water tankers in order to collect this precious resource.

He has blamed the high amount of water lost on ageing infrastructure and says billions are needed to address it.

"For us to replenish the entire system to levels that are desirable we need to capitalise by over R14 billion."

Rand Water says it spends about R1 billion a year on upgrading the water systems, but it's also been criticised for what some municipalities say is slow progress.

LISTEN: Speaking to 702'S John Robbie, David Masterton claims he has the right technological solution to bring much-needed rain.

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