City of JHB to implement water restrictions this month

The city says water levels in the Vaal River system have dropped to below 60 percent.

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JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg says tighter water restrictions will be implemented in the coming weeks to ensure it can meet the water department's instruction to reduce consumption in the city by 15 percent.

Water restriction tariffs will apply to domestic usage from this month.

The city says water levels in the Vaal River system have dropped to below 60 percent.





Johannesburg environment MMC Anthony Still says these water cuts are being implemented because of the ongoing drought and unseasonal heat.

"We are imposing a water restriction tariff, which was promulgated and waiting there in case we needed it and we are now imposing it."

Still says water usage in Johannesburg is very high with almost 1.5 billion litres of water being consumed on an average per day.

"By world standards, Johannesburg uses a lot of water. It's about 330 litres per capita per day."

The city says metro police will be deployed to "hotspots" where water usage is high and consumers can be fined up to R1,500 for misusing water.

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