Joburg Water to throttle supply to some residents

The city has started reducing pressure in its systems to control the consumption rate in some areas.

FILE: Water runs from a tap. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Joburg Water has warned residents living in high-lying areas to expect very little water at later times of the day due to throttling.

The city has started reducing pressure in its systems to control the consumption rate in some areas.

Last week, it said it was considering intensifying water restrictions if consumption did not decrease.

The City of Joburg says the throttling process is not water shedding but some areas may be with without water due pressure in the system.

Spokesperson Tidimalo Chuene says: “Where there will be no water, it would be high-lying areas and mainly because there isn’t enough pressure to get water up to those areas and we’re doing this deliberately during off-peak periods at night where we know less people are using water.”

She says residents should not be without water after 10 in the morning.

“If by 10am or by 12 at noon you still don’t have water, then it shouldn’t be assumed that it’s part of throttling but there are areas that will be out of water due to unplanned interruptions.”

Chuene says while the throttling process is not ideal adding that the city cannot say when it will be stopped.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)