Gauteng residents must gear up for little to no water
Residents in Gauteng and other provinces dependent on the Vaal River System for water must gear up for little to no water this summer. The pressure in the water system is dropping drastically and residents’ apparent apathy towards water saving has worsened the already dire situation.
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environmental Infrastructure and Services, in the city of Johannesburg , Anthony Still announced the introduction of stricter water restrictions today. The province is left with 28.2% of water levels at the Vaal Dam. These critical levels mean that pressure in the Vaal River System will continue to decline, making it harder for water to reach high-lying areas such as Johannesburg. Rand Water has already started supplying 15% less water to all municipalities after metros failed to save as little as 5% since the water restrictions were gazetted.
MMC Still says the system will still have water but at a restricted rate. Residents will experience no pressure or no water at some time. The MMC says that the insufficient decrease in water consumption in the city so far indicates a lack of appreciation for the situation. He says the city is moving closer to water shedding and residents will suffer if they continue ignoring water restrictions.
Some water saving tips:
- Use gray water to flush your toilets.
- Cover your swimming pool to avoid evaporation.
- Fix all leaks immediately.
- Re-use gray water for gardening.
- Do not run taps to rinse dishes or while brushing your teeth.
- Allow small children to bath together rather that running separate baths.
- Take a 3-minute shower rather than a bath.
- Use low-flow showerheads.
- Install dual-flush toilet mechanisms.
- Use water-efficient washing machines, or make sure every load is full.
- Turn off all sprinklers.
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