JHB residents urged to reduce water consumption to avoid crisis

Residents have been advised not to water their gardens, refill swimming pools or wash cars during daylight.

FILE: Johannesburg’s 4,4 million citizens primarily rely on water from the Vaal, Sterkfontein and Grootdraai dams. Picture: freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - As the City of Johannesburg implements level two water restrictions amid a heatwave, there have been warnings that residents must reduce their consumption or taps could run dry due to increased pressure on reservoirs.

Residents have been advised not to water their gardens, refill swimming pools or wash cars during daylight.

Johannesburg's 4,4 million citizens primarily rely on water from the Vaal, Sterkfontein and Grootdraai dams.

With the use of water coming into sharp focus during the current heatwave, Wits University professor and renowned water expert Mike Muller says residents must be more careful.

"They need to slow down water consumption otherwise [taps] will go dry as they already are in south of Johannesburg."

He says while the increased demand may dry out reservoirs across the city, the catchment area dam levels are still stable.

"Those are still reasonably full, not as full as we might like them, but not empty enough to require restrictions."

The city has warned that if the high level of water consumption continues, it will be forced to implement water rationing.

At the same time, the City of Cape Town's water and sanitation department is currently dealing with 21 issues affecting water supply.

On Twitter, the city claimed there were 21 burst water pipes in various areas including Fish Hoek, Bellville, Lavender Hill and Rondebosch.

LEVEL 2 RESTRICTIONS

  • Residents may not water or irrigate their gardens between 6am and 6pm or fill up their swimming pools.

  • Hose pipes may also not be used to wash cars or paved areas.

  • Although water will still be available around the clock, pressure in the city's taps will be reduced.

  • If the situation worsens, more restrictions will be imposed, including supply cuts.