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Gauteng residents urged to save water 'before it's too late'

Residents have been warned that water shortages are a reality & many could be left without it, for days.

FILE: Coronationville Residents queue for water as the water crisis in Gauteng continues to bite. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo says Gauteng residents have been warned that water shortages are a reality and if people don't start collecting water, many could be left without this scarce resource for days.

Provincial government, Rand Water and various other stakeholders have embarked on a mass 'Save Water' campaign, to educate the public about the severity of the situation.

Gauteng may also have to assist neighbouring provinces, which have already declared a drought due to extreme temperatures and no major rainfall.

WATCH: Solving Guateng's water crisis.

Mamabolo has stressed the importance of saving water, saying shortages are always going to be a risk.

The MEC says residents have been warned to start harvesting water for their own personal use.

Municipalities have also been urged to address leakages and burst pipes urgently as they account for between 20 and 30 percent of water loss.