The Northern Cape Water and Sanitation Department says two big municipalities in the province have averted water disruptions.

NamaKhoi Municipality in Namaqualand, who owe over R90 million, and Dikgatlong Municipality in Barkley West owes approximately R60 million, have made arrangements to pay off the debt.

Friday is D-Day for thirty defaulting municipalities to pay their water bills, or face water restrictions. Six provincial municipalities owe the department of Water & Sanitation more than 239-million rand.

The municipalities are among 30 national municipalities who owe the Department of Water and Sanitation R10.7 billion.

“Then there is Gamagara. I’m not aware that they made any payment. There are two other municipalities with debt around R2 million, which we don’t regard as a major issue. Depending on the agreements that will be reached, we will have to see what further action needs to be implemented,” says Provincial Water and Sanitation Chief Director Abe Abrahams.