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Water shedding on the cards amid drought crisis

Experts say the effects of water shedding will be harsher than those of loadshedding.

Picture: freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Water says while it's avoiding implementing water shedding, it doesn't rule out the possibility of doing so if the City's water consumption continues to remain high in the midst of a serious drought.

Representatives from the water and sanitation department, Johannesburg Water and research bodies held a panel discussion on water conservation in the country.

They say water shedding will, however, be a final resort due to the numerous negative consequences the process will present.

Joburg Water's Etienne Hugo says the utility will explore all other methods of encouraging consumer compliance with conservation efforts before considering water shedding.

"There's currently penalties being imposed, before we get to water shedding, but I think the big thing is that people need to understand the seriousness of the situation."

Experts say the effects of water shedding will be harsher than those of loadshedding because water that has been switched off doesn't flow immediately once reconnected.

They also say constantly disconnecting and reconnecting flow will damage infrastructure that is already old and insufficient.

Members of the public have been urged to change their water use patterns to avoid the implementation of drastic measures.

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