City of Johannesburg calls on residents to reduce water consumption

The City of Johannesburg released a statement regarding increased water usage.

Residents citywide are requested to reduce their water usage; with particular caution requested from the greater Midrand area, as water consumption has increased at an alarming rate in this region.

Should usage not improve drastically, Joburg Water will have no choice but to throttle supply to areas which do not use water sparingly.

When the National Department of Water and Sanitation lifted the water restrictions in early March, it was agreed that the City of Joburg would retain some level of water restrictions.

Residents are therefore reminded that Level 1 water restrictions are still in place.

With Level 1 restrictions, watering of gardens is not allowed between 6am and 6pm in summer months (1 Sept to 31 March). Furthermore, it is not allowed to wash paved areas and driveway using hose pipes.

Residents are also urged to continue to report all burst pipes, leaking water meters, open hydrants and leaks to: 

Residents can also implement the following water-saving tips:

  • Do not leave taps dripping
  • Wash your car on the grass. This will water your lawn at the same time
  • Use a watering can instead of a hose pipe
  • Shorten your showering time
  • Use a glass of water to rinse when brushing your teeth.
  • Take shallow baths. Avoid filling your bath to a depth greater than 100mm.
  • Reuse water to water your garden or pot plants.

Water is a scarce commodity and sustainability of supply requires that all residents work together to save this precious resource.

Details: Consumers are urged to report non-compliance by phoning the Metro police 24/7 hotline on 011 758 9650.

How do you save water? Talk to us by posting on the Midrand Reporter Facebook page.

Staff Reporter

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