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3 ways new water restrictions will affect Tshwane residents

The City of Tshwane is the latest municipality in Gauteng to impose water restrictions, as the province adapts to worsening drought conditions.

The City of Johannesburg imposed similar restrictions last week, while Ekurhuleni did the same on Monday.

The City's councillor Daryll Moss says 20% of the metro's water is wasted on watering gardens.

3 water restrictions effective in Tswhane:

  • Residents are restricted to watering their gardens between 18:00 and 06:00, which is the lowest demand and most efficient time.
  • Consumers are not permitted to wash vehicles with hosepipes.
  • Households require permission from City officials before filling up their swimming pools.

Moss says offenders will receive an initial warning, and thereafter face potential fines (of up to R1 500) for contravening the by-laws.

Moss explains that the water levels in the Vaal Dam are dramatically lower than last year.

Unless we do something serious right now, we will reach a situation where the water levels are beyond critical.

Daryll Moss, MMC for Service Infrastructure

Tshwane has called for a 15% reduction on urban water use and a 20% cut on irrigation water use.

It has further warned that if the situation does not improve, it will be forced to impose a tariff hike, increased policing as well as water shedding.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report:

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