Following the Department of Water and Sanitation's pronouncement to lift water restrictions in Gauteng, the City of Tshwane has conditionally lifted its own restrictions with immediate effect.
The Department of Water and Sanitation gazetted the lifting of water restrictions in Gauteng on 13 March 2017 and based on that gazette, water restrictions in Gauteng are officially lifted.
"We have lifted all restrictions except one that maintains that residents should not irrigate gardens with a hosepipe or sprinkler between 06:00 and 18:00. People are only allowed to do so between 18:00 and 22:00. This is because we need to preserve this precious resource, bearing in mind that we will still have drought conditions again in the future," said Member of the Mayoral Committee for Infrastructure, Darryl Moss.
"The City further plans to keep up an education and media campaign on saving water. We believe this should be a habit rather than a reactionary practice. We appeal to our customers to continue conserving water by using water wisely and sparingly," added MMC Moss.
Tshwane's water restrictions were in effect from 13 September 2016. A drive was launched to inform residents of the restrictions and to implore them to use water sparingly. The Department of Water and Sanitation confirmed that Tshwane had achieved the required 15% water reduction as required by the National Department of Water and Sanitation with a 15,6% reduction.
MMC Moss thanked everyone who heeded the call to meet the national water reduction requirement.
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