The Oudtshoorn Municipality is in the process of enforcing more water restrictions in the Little Karoo town due to its ongoing water crisis.

Oudtshoorn has approximately 160 days of water left.

Last month, the local council declared a state of disaster due to dwindling water reserves.

A moratorium has been placed on the irrigation of all municipal properties.

Oudtshoorn Mayor, Colan Sylvester, says they are looking at alternatives to help ease water shortages.

“We’ve applied to national and province for drought assistance. We are looking at the blossoms aquifer and doing an emergency pipeline from blossoms to Oudtshoorn to augment water in Oudtshoorn. What we also managed to do is to link the three new boreholes to Dysselsdorp … which makes them self-sufficient with water,” explains Sylvester.

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