Ekurhuleni will start with water-rationing measures from Monday in an effort to save water.
“The city has no choice but to take this drastic step as voluntary water saving measures by residents have averaged a savings rate of about 3.5% a week‚ a far cry from the required 15%‚” the metropolitan municipality said in a statement on Friday.
“Recent rains have not significantly improved water levels [therefore] the country needs good rainfall for an extended period to come out of the drought of recent years.”
The metro said water rationing measures will initially be implemented every day from 9pm to 5am night starting from November 7.
If these measures do not achieve the required 15% reduction in usage‚ the city will ration water during the day as well‚ it said.
The metro had announced water restrictions in September‚ saying it would also start levying penalties for excessive water consumption starting from October.
“In terms of the restrictions‚ businesses were required to reduce their water consumption by 15% of their average annual consumption and households not to exceed 25kl consumption per month.
So far‚ about 3000 business units and 41 000 households have exceeded their allocated water usage.
Penalties levied during the month of October amount to R1.7-million‚” the metro said.
Ekurhuleni restrictions include no watering of gardens during the day‚ no use of hosepipes‚ and no filling of swimming pools.
Water-saving measures include fixing of leaking pipes‚ taking five-minute showers instead of using a bathtub‚ using a cup to brush teeth.
The metro encouraged residents to report any water leakages or pipe bursts to the call centre on 0860 543 000.
The City of Johannesburg is currently implementing level 2 water restrictions‚ in terms of which‚ residents are prohibited from watering their gardens between 6 in the morning and 6 in the evening. Residents are also not allowed to fill up their swimming pools with municipal water.
Joburg Water has warned that if residents do not change their behaviour and preserve water‚ they may be left with no choice but to implement level 3 water restrictions.