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[LISTEN] Could the water crisis have been avoided?

| Calls for Gauteng residents to decrease their water usage by 15% seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

Dr Chris Herold, president of SA Institution of Civil Engineering, discusses the water crisis and whether it could have been avoided.

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Water and Sanitation released reserve water from the Free State's Sterkfontein dam to boost the nearly empty Vaal Dam on Monday.

Calls for Gauteng residents to decrease their water usage by 15 percent seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

702's John Robbie spoke to the president of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, Dr Chris Herold, about the matter.

Herold says the drought commenced over two years ago, pointing the finger at the "failure of municipalities" to maintain the pumps to enable the 15% reductions to be a success.

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