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Friday Dec 01, 2017

More Joburg water restrictions in the pipeline

Once again, despite some rain, water consumption in and around Joburg is rising and there is a threat of renewed water restrictions.

City of Joburg member of the mayoral committee for environment and infrastructure Nico de Jager said the city had not received sufficient rain to sustain the "current trend of increased water use".

Residents city-wide are requested to reduce their water usage; with particular caution requested from the greater Midrand area, as water consumption has increased at an alarming rate in the region, De Jager said.

If usage was not cut significantly, Johannesburg Water would have no choice but to limit supply to areas which did not use water sparingly, he said.

When the national Department of Water and Sanitation lifted water restrictions in early March, it was agreed that the City of Joburg would retain some level of water restrictions.

Residents are therefore reminded that level 1 water restrictions are still in place. This means that the watering of gardens is not allowed between 6am and 6pm in the summer months from September 1 to March 31.

Furthermore, it is not permitted to wash paved areas and driveway using hosepipes.

Residents can also implement the following water-saving tips: Do not leave taps dripping. Wash your car on the grass - this will water your lawn at the same time.

Use a watering can instead of a hosepipe. Shorten your showering time. Use a glass of water to rinse when brushing your teeth.

Take shallow baths - avoid filling your bath to a depth greater than 100mm.

Re-use water for your garden or pot plants.

"Water is a scarce commodity and sustainability of supply requires that all residents work together to save this precious resource.

"Level 1 water restrictions will be enforced by fines to consumers who contravene the law," said De Jager.

Consumers are urged to report non-compliance by phoning the Joburg metro police department 24/7 hotline on 011 758 9650.

Residents are also urged to continue to report all burst pipes, leaking water meters, open hydrants and leaks.

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