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'Reckless water usage cannot continue'

The Save Water Campaign hopes to encourage better water usage habits among residents.

FILE: With significant rainfall only expected in March next year, changes will need to be made to avoid reaching crisis levels as the summer progresses. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - Gauteng's Water and Sanitation Forum says while it believes there is enough water to service the province's needs, reckless usage can't continue.

LISTEN: Why water is the new Eskom...

On Thursday, the forum will launch its Save Water Campaign, which it hopes will encourage better habits among residents.

As part of the campaign, stakeholders like Eskom have been brought on board to ensure pump stations are no longer affected by power cuts and load shedding.

Rand Water Chairperson Tshidi Hashatse says the Vaal River system, which services Gauteng is at a comfortable level.

"And we also have the capacity to transfer water from other sources other than the Vaal River in order to supply water to Gauteng."

Watch: Solving Gauteng's water 'crisis'

However she explains increases in demand due to the heatwave have seen the water regulator dipping into its reserves to service the province.

"When the reservoir levels drop, then we don't have stored capacity and that is a vulnerable positions to be in, that we don't want to be in."

With significant rainfall only expected in March next year, the forum says drastic changes will need to be made to avoid reaching crisis levels as the summer progresses.

WATCH: Drought hits SA farmers hard

CAPE TOWN

The City of Cape Town has called on residents in the deep south to use water sparingly to reduce pressure on reservoirs.

Mountain storage units in the area have taken strain over the past few days following maintenance work to the water line.

The City's Farouk Robertson says areas in the southern suburbs will be worst affected if problems persists.

"At the moment our reservoirs are under strain so we'd like to request residents just to cut back on the water consumption so that the reservoirs can carry us through. This request is for residents in the far south, in Ocean View as well as Kommetjie and Scarborough."

WATCH: Taps run dry in some JHB suburbs

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