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CSIR: City of Joburg's water restrictions aren't a crisis

6 September 2016 7:19 AM
The CSIR has allayed fears of waters possibly running dry after the City of Joburg implemented new measures on water restrictions.

The City of Joburg's residents need not worry about their taps possibly running dry after the decision to apply level 2 water restrictions.

The decision intends to reduce water consumption by 15% in line with instructions from Joburg Water.

In an interview with 702's John Robbie, Dr Marius Claassen from the Council for Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR) allayed fears around the situation, ensuring that the new measures don't indicate a crisis.

He highlighted the importance of water resource planning across different scenarios, shedding light on the effect of the Lesotho Water Highlands Dam Project on our water demands.

We are not in a crisis. These are precautionary measures, I think that if we don't comply with these measures we will get ourselves in a spot.

Dr Marius Claassen, Water Resource Manager at CSIR

The provincial issues are around rain for agriculture... We just need to use the water carefully to make sure that it lasts until we have good rain seasons.

Dr Marius Claassen, Water Resource Manger at CSIR

6 September 2016 7:19 AM