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Tighter water restrictions and tougher penalties in Joburg

The City of Johannesburg has announced harsher water restrictions amid pressure from water utility Rand Water and the Department of Water and Sanitation to reduce water usage by 15% in the metro.

The City's Anthony Still explains that drastic measures include completely prohibiting the use of sprinklers and adding an additional levy on existing water restriction tariffs.

Residents who use between 20 000 - 30 000 litres of water will face an additional 10% charge. Those who consume between 30 000 - 40 000 litres will face an extra 20% fee; and usage above 40 000 litres will be penalised by 30%.

The City had already imposed Level 2 restriction late last year, but Still says that officials will enforce compliance more strictly.

IMAGE: Level 2 Water Restrictions from Joburg Water.

Under the restrictions, residents may not water and irrigate their gardens from 6am and 6pm every day; not fill their swimming pools with municipal water; and not use hosepipes to wash their cars, paved areas, etc.

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