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Supply to JHB water towers being restored

Joburg Water says restoration is underway in areas serviced by the Brixton and Crown Gardens towers.

Staff at the Helen Joseph Hospital were forced to collect water in containers on 11 November 2015. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Joburg Water says supply to areas serviced by the Brixton and Crown Gardens water towers is being gradually restored, and the shortages have been caused by higher than usual demand due to the heatwave.

This week the utility has not been able to pump water from the catchment dams through the towers at a fast enough rate.

Rand Water says it can supply a maximum of 4,800 megalitres of water daily, but the demand is estimated at 5,000 megalitres.

Joburg Water's Hilgard Matthews says consumers are advised not to draw large amounts of water while the towers are still filling up.

"Brixton Tower services the Mayfair cross before Fordsburg, Claremont and the Westbury areas. In Ridgeway, Crown Gardens and Robertsham, the water is coming back because the Crown Gardens tower also ran dry and we've been pumping water in there for the past hour and a half."

Earlier today, Joburg Water started to dispatch water tankers to areas where taps ran dry.

Tankers were delivered to Brixton, Greenside, Coronationville and other suburbs.

Consumers are still urged to abide by control measures as the situation intensifies.

Several areas in Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and the City of Johannesburg have been hit by water cuts due to what Rand Water says is low rainfall and a heatwave currently gripping parts of the country.

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.

WESTERN CAPE

Yesterday the Western Cape Environmental Affairs Department said an increase in water tariffs may be implemented.

This is one of the short-term measures the provincial government is considering to try and ensure residents use water more responsibly.

The department says the public should take warnings of a looming water shortage in the province more seriously.

The Cape's dams are running low.

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