The City of Tshwane has become the latest municipality to announce water restrictions.
Darryl Moss‚ MMC for service infrastructure‚ and Stephen Notoane‚ executive director for water and sanitation‚ told a media conference on Tuesday the metro is implementing a notice issued by the national government.
This notice published in the Government Gazette of August 12 said municipalities drawing water from the Vaal River should limit urban water use by 15% and 20% on irrigation “with immediate effect”.
South Africa is currently facing a water shortage.
“The City of Tshwane is therefore obliged to comply with the notice and reduce its water consumption by 15%‚” said the statement by Moss and Notoane.
Pretoria draws over 80% of its water from the Vaal River.
Irrigation in the capital city is completely prohibited between 6am and 6pm. Also banned is washing of cars using hosepipes.
“We urge all our consumers to join us in making efforts to reduce water consumption‚” said the officials.
“Should the consumers not adhere to the restrictions as imposed by the National Department of Water and Sanitation as well as Rand Water‚ then the situation will worsen and consumers will be without water for longer periods.”
A number of municipalities‚ including the City of Johannesburg‚ Emfuleni local municipality in the Vaal and Ekurhuleni Metro‚ announced water restrictions last week.
Fines and water-shedding loom unless Joburgers urgently reduce usage #drought
The City of Johannesburg metropolitan area is required by the Department of Water and Sanitation to reduce its water usage by 15% with immediate effect.
This is due to the ongoing drought and unseasonable heat this Spring‚ the city announced on Monday.
“We do not want to go to level 3 water restrictions. Residents are encouraged to start saving water immediately‚” Johannesburg Water said.
— Johannesburg Water (@JHBWater) September 5, 2016