JUST IN: Ekurhuleni to implement water rationing from Monday

The City of Ekurhuleni will start with water rationing measures from next week in an effort to save water.

DOWNLOAD: Water Restrictions Schedule

“The City has no choice but to take this drastic step as voluntary water saving measures by residents have averaged a savings rate of about 3.5 percent a week, a far cry from the required 15 percent,” said EMM spokesperson, Mr Themba Gadebe.

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Recent rains have not significantly improved water levels. The country needs good rainfall for an extended period to come out of the drought of recent years.

Water rationing measures will initially be implemented from 9pm to 5am every night starting from Monday, November 7.

“This means that there will be no water during this period in the affected areas. If these measures do not achieve the required 15 percent, the City will ration water during the day as well.”

“The water rationing schedule is attached and is available from the City’s website,” said Mr Gadebe.

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Ekurhuleni announced water restrictions in September 2016 and further said it would start levying penalties for excessive water consumption starting from October.

In terms of the restrictions, businesses were required to reduce their water consumption by 15 percent of their average annual consumption and households not to exceed 25kl consumption per month.

Also read: How to report those violating water restrictions

So far, about 3000 business units and 41 000 households have exceeded their allocated water usage. Penalties levied during the month of October amount to R1.7 million.

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“The City urges residents to continue adhering to water restrictions and implement water saving measures,” said Mr Gadebe.

Restrictions include no watering of gardens during the day, no use of hosepipes, and no filling of swimming pools.

Water saving measures include fixing of leaking pipes, taking five minute showers instead of using a bathtub, using a cup to brush teeth. More water saving tips can be found on the Ekurhuleni website www.ekurhuleni.gov.za or here.

Residents are encouraged to report any water leakages or pipe bursts to the call centre on 0860 543 000. The City is improving measures to respond timeously to water loss in public areas.

For any enquiries pertaining to water rationing, restrictions and to report individuals who continue to disregard the current interventions, members of the public may use the following email: savewater@ekurhuleni.gov.za

Water restriction schedule

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