Gauteng residents urged to adhere to water restrictions

Water capacity is favourable, but the expected hot weather means consumption should still be regulated.

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JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Water has reminded residents that water restrictions are still in place, despite recent rains.

Level two restrictions, which were implemented last year, compel residents not to irrigate their gardens at stipulated times and to use water sparingly.

There have however been improvements in storage levels, partly due to lower usage and recent rainfall.

Spokesperson Hilgard Matthews says while capacity is favourable, the expected hot weather means consumption should still be regulated.

"We must remember that the summer is still long, that effectively we still have high temperatures into late March in this part of the country; and therefore the restrictions are in place. We just want to remind residents to adhere to those restrictions."

DEADLY HEATWAVE

A week ago, the South African Weather Service warned South Africans to stay indoors and out of the sun as record-breaking temperatures gripped the interior.

The mercury soared over the 40-degree mark in some parts of the country including Gauteng, the Lowveld, Free State and Limpopo.

Eleven people in the North West died from heat stroke, prompting the department of health in that province to call for the raising of education and awareness on heat stroke.

Spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane says heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder and occurs when the body is unable to control its temperature.

"We are going around trying to educate the communities on how to deal with this heat."