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Gauteng joint operational centre on water crisis to be operational soon

The centre will monitor water levels and ensure residents comply with restrictions to avert a drop in dam levels.

Picture: Sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng government says it hopes its joint operational centre on the water crisis in the province will be fully operational by early next week.

Yesterday the Cooperative Governance Department in the province announced preparations for a contingency plan in the wake of dwindling water levels in Gauteng.

The centre will monitor water levels and ensure residents comply with restrictions to try avert a further drop in dam levels.

The department says if residents don’t begin to take warnings to save water seriously, Gauteng’s water system could collapse in the next few weeks.

Department spokesperson Mogomotsi Mogodiri says water levels currently sit at 27%.

“The MEC for COGTA in Gauteng Paul Mashatile is appealing to all water users to use water sparingly so that we don’t reach dangerous water levels which are below 25%.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)