The Laudium Reservoir's water level has dropped severely over the past couple of days and is now at 4%.
The City of Tshwane has now isolated the reservoir's outgoing supply and requested Rand Water to lift the restrictions on the reservoir. The reservoir will be opened as soon as it has recovered and has acceptable water levels.
Residents and business communities around Laudium are therefore urged to tighten up their efforts to conserve water in order to ensure the control and provision of water supply to all residents in the area. Water conservation simply means using our limited water supply wisely and caring for it properly. While the supply seems abundant, water is not a limitless resource. Without conservation efforts, this vital resource may be exhausted.
It is clear that the water demand is extremely high because of the high temperatures currently being experienced and the reservoirs cannot keep up with the demand.
The City urges residents throughout Tshwane to make the water conservation measures that were implemented during the initial restrictions part of their normal lifestyle.
The following hints were provided and are still applicable in terms of the partial restrictions that the City of Tshwane announced in May last year:
- Use grey water to water gardens and flush toilets.
- Report water leaks and burst pipes.
- 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 to reuse in the garden or to wash the car.
- Cover the swimming pool to reduce evaporation.
- Take a quick shower rather than a bath.
- Close a running tap while brushing teeth or shaving.
- Regularly check toilets and taps for leaks.
Residents are urged to remain aware of the scarcity of water and to make saving water part of their lifestyle by following the above-mentioned tips.