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Sisulu warns SA to use water sparingly or risk worsening situation

Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said she would be announcing a master plan next month, including restrictions that residents would have to adhere to.

Minister of Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu (centre) briefs the media on Gauteng's water crisis on 28 October 2019 in Johannesburg. Picture: @DWS_RSA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has assured South Africans that the current water shortage facing the country was receiving the highest level of attention from government.

She, however, warned citizens to use water sparingly before the situation worsened.

Sisulu gave an update on Monday afternoon on the current water demand and its immediate impact on consumers.

Water officials said it was getting hotter and hotter and South Africa was not getting any fresh water, at least not until December.

Sisulu has made a special plea to citizens: “We must do whatever is possible and necessary to increasingly save the water that we have and use it sparingly to make sure that we can draw it out to the last drop.”

Sisulu said she would be announcing a master plan next month, including restrictions that residents would have to adhere to.

“We face harsh realities right now and we have to immediately begin to disaster-proof South Africa and South Africa’s security of water.”

While Sisulu did not divulge the details of her plan, she said it would entail the upgrading of infrastructure and prioritising how water was purified.

Sisulu warned that South Africa could be hit by water shedding if residents ignored water restrictions.

The minister said that she'd been in talks with various municipalities to address water problems.

"Gauteng is not alone. There are other provinces like the Eastern Cape in particular and Limpopo, which include large municipalities and numerous smaller towns that have various levels of water restrictions in place and in some cases receive only intermittent supplies."

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