Waste Water And You Pay R1500 – Johannesburg Water warns


Johannesburg residents have been warned to be ready to pay R1500 as fine for wasting water.

This comes from the Johannesburg Water board who asked metro police to monitor whether residents are adhering to water restrictions.

The water board announced last week, its decision to hit hard on all residents who fail to comply to its rule on water restriction.

Among its rule for water restriction, the department stipulated that:

  • Residents are not allowed to fill their swimming pools using municipal water. If found doing that residents will be fined
  • Businesses are not allowed to use sprinklers on their companies gardens at all times
  • Residents are allowed to water their gardens using only buckets/watering can outside

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The rand water noted that if demand is not reduced by 15% Johannesburg Water system will face a risk of outages.

According to the water utility, 40% of water in Gauteng was used on gardens. By watering only during the stipulated hours, residents could cut consumption by 15%.

“We were notified by Rand Water that they will reduce our water supply with 15% due to drought” a resident tweeted

“You will be fined between R1000 and R1500 if you don’t adhere to Water Restrictions”she added

Johannesburg Water therefore asked the Metro Police Department to be on the lookout for water offenders. It also appealed to residents to report any instances in which the restrictions were not being adhered to.

The city water utility pointed out that there is also uneven distribution of rainfall across South Africa. It said the eastern half of the country is much wetter than the western half due to the nature of the weather conditions.

It explained that South Africa is experiencing alternating periods of droughts and floods which affects the amount of water across South Africa. In addition, hot dry conditions result in a high evaporation rate.

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Scientists predict that with global warming, South Africa will experience much wetter wet seasons and much drier dry seasons, resulting in an increase in floods and droughts.

On what else the city plans to do to save water, the Johannesburg Water board said it plans to replace 900km of reticulation pipes and is ahead of schedule. “Early this year we encouraged people to drill boreholes. So far a 20% increase in demand for boreholes since the start of this year has been shown,” The city water added.