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JHB water restrictions caused by higher demand

Water restrictions been caused by higher demand from one of Rand Water's reservoirs in the south of the city.

Picture: Freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The City Of Johannesburg says water restrictions currently being implemented have been caused by higher demand from one of Rand Water's reservoirs in the south of the city, which was also hit by a power outage yesterday.

Residents in several suburbs have experienced disrupted water supply since Sunday.

The city's Matshidiso Mfikoe said, "The power outage happened yesterday and the reservoir level began dropping on Sunday. People did not have water from Sunday. It made it worse because it was pumping very slowly and at the point of the outage it stopped pumping."

Level two water restrictions were implemented by the city after it last week said that restrictions weren't yet needed.

It also says now it will enforce the water services bylaw.

The city has called on residents not to panic over water restrictions, but to simply comply.

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'WATER CUTS NOT DUE TO RESTRICTIONS'

Gauteng co-operative governance MEC Jacob Mamabolo says any water cuts and interruptions experienced at the moment are not the result of current restrictions.

Mamabolo has told the provincial legislature that restrictions are a stabilising measure.

Members of the Gauteng legislature objected to the MEC's calls for existing water challenges not to be blamed on current restrictions.

"There are no areas in the province that are experiencing water shortages because of water restrictions."

Rand Water has called on Gauteng municipalities to implement control measures as it battles dwindling levels.

Mamabolo says water capacity in Gauteng dams stands at 84 percent, which doesn't place the province at direct risk of facing shortages.

He says restrictions have, however, been implemented to help Rand Water fill its reservoirs, which are being depleted by hot weather conditions and increases in demand.

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.