Water shedding a risk if residents don't act fast - City of Johannesburg

13 October 2016 - 16:03 By Julia Madibogo

The City of Johannesburg says it's moving closer to water shedding if residents continue to ignore restrictions. Speaking at a press briefing held at the Johannesburg Water head office‚ the city's MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services Anthony Still said they will be pushed to implement level-3 water restrictions if residents continue to ignore the severity of water shortages."This is not play time. This serious…we‚ Water Affairs and Rand Water mean it. We really want some sort of public consciousness to start to grow that it's actually not clever to disregard these (level-2) restrictions‚" Still said. He added that: "The immediate consequences are more severe restrictions by Johanneburg Water until the full reduction by 15% in water demand is achieved and maintained". The MMC said the only way to make residents adhere to restrictions is to get the Johannesburg Metro Police department involved in issuing fines at a flat rate of R1‚000. "There is a fine we can give but it must also be shaming. So what we are appealing for‚ is that residents get involved with telling their neighbours and friends who are disregarding this that is actually not on board and reporting them so that we can up the rate of fines." he said. At least 40% of water in Gauteng is used for gardening purposes‚ according to officials‚ and is a key issue the city wants to clamp down on. The MMC said he has received calls from members of the public who complain about big companies‚ schools and malls which water their gardens despite the water restrictions.Still warned that if restrictions are not adhered to‚ stricter level-3 measures will have to be implemented.The cities of Tshwane‚ Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni are enforcing water restrictions and penalties as the country battles an enduring drought...

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