Persistently high usage in two water-management systems in the drought-stricken Western Cape has resulted in Department of Water and Sanitation acting director-general Lindiwe Lusenga placing further restrictions on water use. Lusenga’s authorisation was published in the government gazette and comes as "day zero " draws closer in Cape Town, which would make the metro the first major city in the world in modern history to exhaust its tap water resources. The Breede-Gouritz water management area, which services four district municipalities and 19 local municipalities, has been affected by the Water and Sanitation Department’s move. Lusenga wrote in the gazette that the latest notice was supplementary to a previous gazette published in December. The December gazette entry stated that Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane could limit water use in an area in which she believed that a water shortage existed. "Taking water from groundwater resources for domestic and industrial wa...

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