Following a formal notification from Rand Water, the City of Tshwane pleads with Tshwane's residents and business community to be serious about conserving water.
Rand Water indicated that due to low reservoir levels at Brakfontein, Klipfontein and Hartebeeshoek, they will start to implement a 25% restriction today. Rand Water's average reservoir level is at 40% and the demand on the system is high, resulting in a drop in reservoir levels. The restrictions are applicable throughout Tshwane and will ensure the control of water and water supply to all residents.
The following areas will be restricted severely as from today, to avoid a total collapse of their bulk supply:
- Ga-Rankuwa industrial sites
- Akasia Park
- Thaba Tshwane
- Blair Athol
- Pretoria West
- City centre (CBD)
The levels of the reservoirs that supply those areas are very low. If this appeal is heeded, water-related interruptions will be minimised. The water conservation measures that were implemented during the initial restrictions should become the norm.
Residents are reminded of the following hints that were provided in terms of the partial restrictions that the City of Tshwane announced in May last year:
- Use grey water for watering gardens and flushing toilets.
- Report water leaks and pipe bursts.
- Install water-saving devices.
- Where possible, install a low-flow showerhead and tap aerators.
- Use a dual-flush toilet cistern.
- Plant indigenous or drought-resistant shrubs in the garden.
- Water gardens before 06:00 or after 18:00 and only when necessary.
- Use a broom instead of a hosepipe to clean driveways or patios.
- Collect rainwater for re-use in the garden or for washing the car.
- Cover the swimming pool to reduce evaporation.
- Take a shower rather than a bath.
- Close a running tap while brushing teeth or shaving.
- Regularly check toilets and taps for leaks.
Residents, please remain vigilant to the scarcity of water and make water saving part of your lifestyle by following the above-mentioned tips.