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Water restrictions: Hefty fines to be issued to non-complying residents

Residents who do not adhere to set water restrictions in Ekurhuleni will have to pay a R6,000 fine.

FILE: This means that the city’s reservoirs are running dry because water is being drawn out by consumers faster than it can be pumped in. Picture: Freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Ekurhuleni has warned that residents will be issued with a R6,000 fine if they don't adhere to water restrictions.

The city says parts of Germiston and Bedfordview are still without water due to increased demand.

This means that the city's reservoirs are running dry because water is being drawn out by consumers faster than it can be pumped in.

In Johannesburg, some parts of Brixton and Crown Gardens have had water restored after being left without the precious resource for two days.

Water and energy councillor in Ekurhuleni, Doctor Xhakaza, says residents are advised to report people who waste water by contacting the city's call centre line.

"If we caught you now watering your garden during the day, there's a R6,000 fine that is coming your way. Because we cannot just communicate and yet there is no corporation."

Xhakaza says the city also has water limiting devices available for installation in homes on request, which will be used where there is deliberate non-compliance.

"These who caught are not complying; we'll install them without consent."

The councillor was not able to say when water will be fully restored to Germiston and Bedfordview, but has confirmed that reservoir levels remain low.

RAND WATER ADVICES MUNICIPALITIES TO SWITCH OFF WATER SUPPLY

At the same time, Rand Water says its advised Gauteng municipalities to switch off water supply to high lying areas this evening to ensure parts that have been affected by shortages this week have a consistent supply tomorrow.

The utility says its bulk reservoirs supplying the cities of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni remain under severe strain.

Rand Water also maintains that the water shortages have been caused by high consumption due to the heatwave and not inadequate planning.

Rand Water's chief operations officer Sipho Mosai says the southern parts of Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg have been directly affected by low water levels in its reservoirs.

"What we want to do and have proposed to the municipalities is that in the evening we'll shut the systems down, so that in the morning we are able to give everyone water, in both the low lying and the high lying areas."

Mosai says burst pipes and municipal faults are responsible for other areas in the province experiencing shortages

"Those are the only areas in our entire water supply chain that for now are affected. Even in these areas, it's only the high lying areas, not that there's a blackout in all of the suburbs."

While Rand Water has recommended that municipalities shut down supply this evening, it says this will most likely happen when demand is very low.

CT HAS ENOUGH WATER… FOR NOW

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town says it could be on the brink of a water crisis if consumers don't save water.

This comes as some Johannesburg residents are experiencing intermittent water cuts.

The City of Cape Town's Xanthea Limberg says while dam levels are low, there's enough water for now.

"Due to lower rainfall levels in our catchment areas over the previous winter, there is now less of a buffer between us and the water crisis."

THERE IS CURRENTLY NO WATER IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF GERMISTON:

  • Dawnview;

  • Gerdview;

  • Marlands;

  • Germiston CBD;

  • Elsburg;

  • Lambton;

  • Fishers Hill;

  • Wadeville;

  • Bedfordview;

  • Primrose Hill;

  • Sunny Rock.

THE EMM IS HOWEVER, PROVIDING WATER TANKERS AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

  • Opposite Old Marlands Swimming Pool near Solly's Supermark;

  • Corner Elbertfield Avenue and Windsor Street;

  • Howe Circle;

  • Corner Jubilee and Ralston Avenues;

  • Corner Fourth Avenue and Pipe Street;

  • Corner Riley Road and Van Buuren Road, Bedfordview;

  • Van Buuren Road (east of Harper Road) in front of Virgin Active;

  • Parking area at KFC, Kirkby Road, Bedford Gardens;

  • Corner Lucas Lane and Norman Road, Bedfordview (in front of Hyundai);

  • Corner Fairway Avenue and Penthurst Avenue, Essexwold

LEVEL 2 RESTRICTIONS

The City of Johannesburg has meanwhile implemented level two water restrictions and says it will now enforce the water services bylaw.

The city says it received an urgent notice from Rand Water to start implementing control measures for water use.

Residents are encouraged to abide with these 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.