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Water dept admits it's been ‘unsuccessful’ in attempts to reduce water usage

The department had instructed municipalities like Johannesburg to reduce water consumption by 15%.

Picture: Twitter @JHBwater.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Water and Sanitation says it hasn't been successful in its attempts to reduce water usage among consumers.

Gauteng in particular, is an area of concern due to an absence of a direct water source in a province that has the country's largest population.

Last month, the department instructed municipalities like Johannesburg to reduce water consumption by 15 percent.

Now, government is having to intervene and supply 15 percent less water to municipalities because of a consumer reluctance to adhere to restrictions.

Mokonyane says this is being done to prevent a system collapse.

"We had expected South Africans living in Gauteng, out of their own commitment, to help save water and that has not happened. It's precisely because of that that now we have already taken 15 percent of the water."