Following the implementation of level 6B water restrictions in Cape Town, the City of Johannesburg has urged residents to reduce water consumption, emphasising that level 1 water restrictions which have been in effect since March 2017, are still in place.
The City of Johannesburg has advised and requested residents to reduce their water consumption to avoid facing fines.
Mayoral committee member Nico de Jager said consumption has increased at an alarming rate as a result of hot conditions in Johannesburg.
“Because of the high demand on water, we are keeping level 1 restriction in place. It doesn’t matter that we have a dam full of water if we haven’t got an increase pumping capacity from Rand Water, that’s the problem for us,” said de Jager.
Cape Town residents have now been limited to 50 litres per person per day in a bid to avoid the complete shutdown of the municipal water supply system referred to as Day Zero, currently forecast for 12 April.
The City of Johannesburg says, Level 1 water restrictions will be enforced by fines to consumers who contravened the Water Services By-law and consumers are urged to report non-compliance by phoning the JMPD 24/7 hotline on 011 758 9650.