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Public swimming pools in Cape Town will open for less time this summer due the drought, Safety and Security Mayco member Alderman JP Smith says.

Public pools are usually open from the first week of October to the last week of April, but this year all that will change.

He says public pools will only be opened during peak holiday times.

Public pools will be open from 1 - 8 October and 29 March - 9 April, including the Easter long weekend.

Over the year-end holidays, swimming pools will open from 1 December to 31 January 2018.

We will make sure we optimise the use of water at these pools... We will start putting sea water in some of the pools.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

Members of the public are instead encouraged to make use of the coastal facilities across the city.

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Public swimming pools to be closed longer this summer to save water

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