Pretoria – The Department of Water and Sanitation will implement water restrictions in major dams in the North West to limit the use of water for urban and irrigation purposes.
The department says it is in the process of publishing a gazette on water restrictions to limit the use of water for urban and irrigation purposes from Sehujwane, Marico-Bosveld, Kromellenboog, Swartruggens, Pella, Madikwe, Molatedi, Lindleyspoort, Setumo and Koster dams and river systems.
The restrictions come as a result of the continuing drought, which has seen the dams running below normal water levels. The department plans to implement restrictions to mitigate the risk of complete system failure to supply water.
“Due to the critical low levels at these dams, together with the lack of seasonal rainfall and lack of runoff during the past few months, we did an analysis which determined the need for implementing restrictions on the use of water from these dams,” said the acting Head of the Department of Water and Sanitation in the North West, Dr Tseliso Ntili.