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Water dept working on alternatives to ensure water supply

The department is looking at using underground water and desalination plants in certain areas.

The water level of the Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town dropped to around 30% in March 2016. It is the largest of five major dams supplying drinking water to the city. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Water and Sanitation Department says it is working on alternatives to ensure South Africans are not heavily affected by water restrictions.

This follows an announcement about the low dam levels in the country caused by the ongoing drought.

The department is looking at using underground water and desalination plants in certain areas.

Water and Sanitation's Sputnik Ratau says: "If we're to receive early summer rains or mid-to-late spring rains that can be able to assist us in terms of water availability so that it can be able to assist our rivers with dam levels."