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Tougher water restrictions for CT likely to come into effect next week

A plan to force residents to save water appears to have the backing of most opposition parties in the City of Cape Town.

 Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Tougher water restrictions for Cape Town will likely come into effect from next week.

A plan to force residents to save water appears to have the backing of most opposition parties in the City of Cape Town.

The city council is set to vote on the move this week.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) enjoys a two-thirds majority in the council, and it’s almost guaranteed all its councilors will support Mayco’s recommendation.

The ruling caucus doesn't need votes from other parties to pass the resolution, but the African Christian Democratic Party has indicated it supports the decision.

The party's leader in the council, Grant Haskin, says the move is long overdue and has accused the city of allowing continual water wastage without any consequences.

Under level 3B restrictions, the watering of gardens, parks and other open spaces will only be allowed for an hour before 9am or after 6pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

From next week, officials will also conduct more door-to-door visits and issue fines to errant residents and inform locals on water saving tips.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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