The City of Tshwane has implemented water restrictions to areas across the municipality as residents have ignored the call to use water sparingly. City mayor Solly Msimanga has announced the throttling of the city’s water supply to keep reservoirs at good levels. More Information: www.tshwane.gov.za
A month after Rand Water called on municipalities to reduce their supply of water to residents, the water utility announced a week ago that water reduction had decreased by a disappointing 2.7%.
There will be a scheduled “load-shedding” plan, while flow restrictors will be installed at high water consumption users. This can lead to some suburbs not having water for a few hours during the day as water will be rationed. Among the types of areas that will face restrictions are retirement villages, complexes and businesses.
Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane announced that users in Gauteng who ignored water restrictions faced severe penalties or even time behind bars.
The City of Johannesburg has issued 139 notices, 41 citations and 52 fines to residents found not adhering to the level 2 water restrictions. The city on Tuesday said many of these offences were picked up after tip-offs received from community members. The fines are between R1,000 and R1,500 per offence.