JHB water restrictions: Hefty fines to come for those who don’t comply

The restrictions will apply from this month as authorities try to reduce consumption by 15 percent.

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JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - The Department of Water and Sanitation says it's up to Johannesburg residents to ensure that they can cope with the water restrictions being implemented in the city.

The restrictions will apply from this month as authorities try to reduce consumption by 15 percent.

While they are in place, water hoses may not be used and swimming pools may not be filled between 6am and 6pm.

Those who don't comply will face hefty fines.

The department's Mlimandlela Ndamase says, "South Africans need to begin to realise that we are a water scarce country, it cannot be business as usual. The mere fact that to sustain our economic hub, Gauteng, we have to draw on water from Lesotho, this is a reflection on its own that all has not been well over time."

The department says people living in wealthier suburbs in Johannesburg especially need to be more responsible, as almost 46 percent of water usage in the city is for irrigation and filling up pools.

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Meanwhile in the Western Cape, the department says despite better dam levels in the province, water restrictions will have to remain in place for the time being.

The latest assessments show all Western Cape dam levels are better compared to the same time last year.

The Department's Rashid Khan says Theewaterskloof, which is the biggest dam, remains beneath the 75 percent level needed to realise water security.

The other dam, which is at 50 percent, is the Bergwater dam.

Khan says more rain is needed before the current water restrictions can be lifted.

"Our dams have already reached 60 percent and we're now targeting 70 percent. The water restrictions would be lifted if the dam levels reached about 75 percent, which we feel would give us sustainable supply."