Heatwave causes water shortages in parts of Tshwane

High lying areas, including Waterkloof Park and Constantia Park are experiencing low water pressure.

FILE: The metro says an increase in water demand has slowed down the pace at which its reservoirs fill up. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Tshwane says it's had to implement water shedding with immediate effect due to a shortage at reservoirs caused by the current heatwave gripping Gauteng and other parts of the country.

The metro says an increase in water demand has slowed down the pace at which its reservoirs fill up.

High lying areas, including Waterkloof Park, Erasmuskloof and Constantia Park, are already experiencing low water pressure.

The city's Selby Bokaba says a schedule for restrictions cannot be determined and is dependent on the water levels in the reservoirs.

"The heatwave has caused a high water demand which has seen that demand constantly increasing thus resulting in the reservoirs across the city operating at low levels."

Meanwhile, Gauteng residents have been warned to brace themselves for an extremely hot weekend.

ER24 has shared the following heatwave tips:

• Stay well hydrated by drinking a lot of water.

• Keep a close eye on babies, the elderly and children and ensure they stay well hydrated.

• Ensure pets have a cool place to relax and cool clean water to drink as well.

• Try to stay out of direct sunlight.

• Wear the appropriate clothing and use sunscreen.

• Limit participation in outdoor activities. If you plan on participating in outdoor activities, ensure you rest and keep hydrated.

• If you are going to spend time in a pool, ensure your safety and that of children around you. Ensure that they are supervised while around and in the pool.

• Do not leave children and pets in a vehicle, even with a window open.