The city of Johannesburg has imposed water restriction tariffs on domestic users.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the water restriction tariffs were imposed because of the ongoing drought and unseasonal heat.
Anthony Still a Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environment and Infrastructure Services disclosed that the tariffs will take effect immediately.
As learnt, the water restriction tariffs are 10% extra on consumption between 20,000 and 30,000 liters per month; 20% on consumption between 30,000 and 40,000 liters per month, and 30% on consumption above 40,000 liters per month.
It happened that the Director General of the Department of Water and Sanitation limited the taking of water from the Integrated Vaal River System by 15% on urban water use and 20% on irrigation water use.
With that, Rand Water notified Johannesburg Water that it would be reducing supply by 15% effective from 6 September 2016.
Thus, Still declared that “the city is now introducing a water restriction tariff on domestic users effective on water usage from September 2016.
This will be achieved by governing the flow of water through the bulk supply meters to Johannesburg Water. It will be managed in a dynamic manner as the supply areas have different sensitivity characteristics and a straight 15% across all meters will cause outages in some area,” Still stated.
The tariffs was approved by the city for the 2016/17 year. And, was designed to be implemented only when it’s necessary.
Still indicated that it is now necessary to implement the water restriction tariffs. According to him, the tariffs will apply on consumption from September until the drought situation is over.
Still also reminded residents that Level 2 water use restrictions have been in place in Johannesburg since November 2015.
The Level 2 restrictions specified that all consumers must not water or irrigate their gardens between 6am and 6pm; use hand held hosepipes or buckets/watering cans outside these hours; fill their swimming pools with municipal water; use hosepipes to wash their cars or clean paved areas and driveways with water.
Similarly, the Department of Water and Sanitation imposed water restrictions in the Orange River.
“The Water Users Association will monitor and implement the restrictions along the Orange River to the farmers, whilst the municipalities will monitor and implement restrictions for domestic and industrial water usage. All stakeholders have been notified of these restrictions,” the department stated.