Johannesburg residents urged to use water sparingly

Media statement
16 September 2020
Johannesburg residents urged to use water sparingly

As the country embraces the beginning of the spring season which leads to hot summer days, residents of the City of Johannesburg are reminded that level-1 water restrictions are still in full force. It is critical now more than ever to use water sparingly, water conservation remains a strong priority in Johannesburg to ensure a continuous sustainable water supply and to  avoid putting strain on  reservoirs due to high water demand outstripping supply.

This week, the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) dropped from 60.4% last week to 59.7% this week. During the comparative period last year, it was higher and steady at 65.7% (Info as at 7 September 2020).  In an effort to curtail water usage during this critical time, the Department of Water and Sanitation in Gauteng calls on consumers to limit their usage per household.

The Vaal dam is below 40% and this a call for action and a reminder to all residents that as the City of Johannesburg, we rely on supply from other Provinces that feed into the Vaal Dam system in order for us to have water in our taps,  and thus  should always be mindful of the amount of water we use daily as our reservoirs have already started to show signs of distress due to demand.

Under level-1 water restrictions: watering of gardens is not allowed between 6 am and 6 pm in summer months (1 Sept to 31 March) and furthermore and residents are not allowed to wash paved areas and driveways using hose pipes

Water Saving Tips:

  • Do not leave taps dripping
  • Wash your car on the grass, this will water your lawn at the same time.
  • Shorten your showering time
  • Use a glass of water to rinse when brushing your teeth.
  • Take shallow baths and avoid filling your bath to a depth greater than 100mm
  • Re-use grey water to water your garden or pot plants.

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

Johannesburg Water is committed to providing sustainable water and water restrictions will be enforced by fines to consumers who contravened the Water Services By-law and consumers are urged to report non-compliance to the JMPD 24/7 hotline on 011 758 9650.


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Mr Isaac Dhludhlu
Manager: Marketing and Communications
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