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Joburg Water to start issuing fines to water wasters

Earlier this month, the utility enforced restrictions in a bid to encourage residents to use water sparingly.

Watering generic. Picture: Twitter @JHBwater

JOHANENSBURG - Johannesburg Water says it started issuing fines to people found using water recklessly.

Earlier this month, the utility enforced restrictions in a bid to encourage residents to use water sparingly.

The Water and Sanitation Department has said that dam levels have dropped by over 20% since last year this time and continue to drop.

Johannesburg Water's Tidimalo Chuene says that the majority of residents have heeded the call to save water.

"We've been enforcing the water restrictions through the assistance of the Johannesburg Metro Police department.

"The announcement they have given out informs people to be aware that what they're doing is outside the restrictions in terms of the bylaw. But with effect from this week we're starting to issue fines."

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