City issues warning on water situation

The Brixton water reservoir in Johannesburg. Picture: Gallo Images.

The Brixton water reservoir in Johannesburg. Picture: Gallo Images.

451 fines have been issued to Joburg consumers contravening bylaws.

Johannesburg Water has again called on residents to use the resource sparingly.

According to the utility, level 2 water restrictions, among other things, prohibit residents from making use of hosepipes to wash their cars, wash paving areas as well as watering gardens between 6am and 6pm.

Yesterday, Johannesburg Water tweeted: “We appeal to all residents to plan their week ahead. Store water that you can use to bath, cook and flush.”

In a statement issued last week, Johannesburg Water said it would be restricting water supply overnight between November and December to areas around Midrand, Diepkloof, Eldorado and Klipspruit, saying this was prompted by a need to curb water usage on some of the reservoir sites that are experiencing high consumption.

“The intention is to build up reservoir levels and prevent further water shortages that are caused by demand exceeding supply since the announcement of water restrictions by the department of water and sanitation.”

The Johannesburg metro police department is still monitoring wasteful water use and has so far issued 451 fines to consumers found contravening the water services bylaw.

Consumers are urged to continue reporting noncompliance by phoning the JMPD 24/7 line on 011-758-9650.

Anda Mbikwana from the office of the MMC for environment and infrastructure services in the city said the recent rainfall was not enough to immediately assist in rising the Vaal Dam levels, which dwindled to 25% early this month.

The worrying levels at the dam which supplies water mainly to Gauteng prompted authorities to start a replenishing exercise which meant releasing water from Sterkfontein Dam.

Current levels at the Vaal and Sterkfontein dams are 34.6% and 89.1%, respectively. Other areas that experienced water cuts at the weekend include Sebokeng, Evaton and Sharpeville.

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