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More water restrictions in the pipeline for Joburg

The City of Joburg says if the situation doesn’t improve, it could be forced to implement water cuts.

FILE. On Monday, authorities announced the implementation of control measures that will see supply pressure decreased as Rand Water struggles to fill its reservoirs. Picture: Gary Oberholzer/Talk Radio 702

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg has called on residents to help it avoid implementing more stringent water restrictions.

On Monday, authorities announced the implementation of control measures that will see supply pressure decreased as Rand Water struggles to fill its reservoirs.

Some of the water utility's bulk reservoirs are currently running low, threatening to affect consumers.

One of Rand Water's largest reservoirs has run completely dry, prompting the implementation of restrictions in Johannesburg.

Environment and Infrastructure MMC Matshidiso Mfikoe says members of the public need to stop bad consumption habits.

"If people are not going to help us to make sure that it doesn't drop beyond any situation, we're going to say that as the city we'll give you water in the morning and in the evening."

Level two restrictions require residents and businesses to comply with set rules.

The city has however said that if the situation doesn't improve, it could be forced to implement water cuts.

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.

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