Concerned by the level of water in dams across the country, SA water department warns south Africans that the country may continue to experience water rationing if consumers do not heed calls to cut consumption.
The SA water department noted this on Thursday while reminding water consumers of the need to avoid a collapse of the water system as dam levels fall after a drought.
The department went on to say that it was concerned that water supply in the country have risen after an El Nino weather pattern brought drought conditions to much of southern Africa, hurting agriculture output.
“Failure to cut water use would ‘trigger the next level of interventions’ to avoid the collapse of the water system.” Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said.
“The next level will be rationing, which in turn has consequence referred to as shedding…The urgency of saving 15 percent cannot be over emphasized. It is critical.”
Mokonyane said, like the way electricity is rationed-popularly known as load shedding- SA, water may be rationed in same manner especially as dam levels nationally have reached 51 percent as of Sept. 26, compared with 70 percent the same time last year.
The Vaal Dam, which supplies water to economic hub Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria among other areas, was at 30 percent capacity last week and the SA water department expects capacity to fall to 25 percent by mid-November if there is no reduction in water consumption.
As a way to help reduce water wastage by residents, a number of mayoral cites have pressed for water rationing. A water provider in Johannesburg for instance, related via its twitter page on Thursday that it was “moving closer to water shedding and residents will suffer if they continue ignoring water restrictions.”
The City of Johannesburg has already implemented ‘water throttling’, which is the reduction of water inflow into an area and different from ‘shedding’, which is when the supply is completely cut off for certain periods.
“Most areas will notice a drop in pressure. We already have a number of complaints from consumers about that, but we want to use that to get people to comply,” Johannesburg councillor Anthony Still told Talk Radio 702.
Most parts of South Africa is no doubt still suffering from severe drought conditions and temperatures which are expected to remain above normal until December, SA water department said