City of Joburg ensures taps don’t run dry during heatwave

Both Rand Water and the city say they they have a contingency plan in place to ensure taps in don’t run dry.

FILE: Yesterday, the City of Tshwane said it had to implement water shedding due to increased demand which was slowing down the pace at which reservoirs fill up. Picture: Freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg says it is taking precautions to ensure there is no interruption to water supply as a heatwave continues to grip Gauteng and other parts of the country.

Yesterday, the City of Tshwane said it had to implement water shedding due to increased demand which was slowing down the pace at which reservoirs fill up.

Both Rand Water and the City of Johannesburg, however, say they have not had to implement water shedding and they have a contingency plan in place to ensure taps in Johannesburg do not run dry.

City spokesperson Virgil James said, "Joburg water is monitoring this in relation to it affecting the water supply. But as yet, I'm unaware if we started water shedding."

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.