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Calls to use water sparingly in JHB

Joburg Water is still calling for responsible water use but will not enforce control measures.

Picture: Freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg says its decision not to implement water restrictions doesn't indicate a reluctance to address the effects of the current drought on residents.

Joburg Water officials say they are still calling for responsible water use but will not be enforcing control measures.

However, they are warning that if hot and dry conditions continue stronger action may have to be taken.

Joburg Water managing director Lungile Dhlamini says it's not yet necessary to implement water restrictions.

"We were able to replenish our reservoir storage and keep up with the rate of demand."

He says even measures taken by the City of Tshwane aren't quite restrictions.

"When you appeal to members of the public and say please do not irrigate your gardens because of the heat wave, that's not a restriction."

The city is continuing its calls for controlled water use as it heightens the monitoring of reservoir levels.