- Posted by: Hector Mphephu
- Category: Unplanned
Targeted water restrictions to reduce escalating water consumption
Download attached plan: Targeted Water Restrictions Plan (January 2017 until further notice)
Johannesburg Water will be restricting water supply overnight to areas around Deep South, Soweto, Central, Midrand, Sandton and Randburg. This is prompted by a need to curb water usage on some of our reservoir sites that are experiencing high consumption.
The intention is to reduce escalating water consumption since the announcement of water restrictions by the Department of Water and Sanitation. Johannesburg is still under level 2 water restrictions despite the recent rainfall. Water levels at the Integrated Vaal River system have not risen sufficiently to above satisfactory levels.
Technicians will be closing outlet valves of these reservoirs as listed on the attached plan between 20:00 – 04:00, resulting in no water supply at all during these times. This is a method that we have successfully used to stabilize supply in areas around Lenasia, Northcliff, Fairlands and Blackheath, which were struggling with supply in November 2016. One other factor that contributed to our success in these areas is consumers who have since reduced their consumption significantly.
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department is still monitoring wasteful water use and has thus far issued a total of 665 fines to consumers found contravening the Water Services By-law. Consumers are urged to continue reporting non-compliance by phoning the JMPD 24/7 line: 011 758 9650. Johannesburg Water thanks all residents and visitors to the city who have heeded the call to save water; however we need to do more to reduce supply shortages.
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