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Gauteng water shortage update: residents urged to use water sparingly

Gauteng residents were informed that the reservoir levels are currently deficient.

water tap faucet water crisis shortage restrictions

Image credit: Pexel/Steve Johnson

Gauteng has been in the grips of a water shortage crisis after several sewage plants collapsed. A spokesperson for the government said it would take days to get the facilities up and running again. Due to the collapse, Rand Water was forced to draw more water than the sanitation license permits, as reported by the Sunday Times.

Water Security Plan for the Gauteng City Region Report highlighted that residents in Gauteng use around 300 litres of water each day. With a population that grows by 300,000 a year, that only spells disaster.

Rand Water released a statement on 11 December to inform members in Diepsloot that their reservoir level is very low, and that the outlet will be closed in an attempt to save water.

According to their daily water update, water supply across the City of Johannesburg would remain at optimal levels. However, the Rabie Ridge water tower is empty. Rand Water also connected the Eikenhof supply to the Kibler Park transformer, which means the facility would run on 200 megalitres less than its daily allowance.

While the Roodepoort reservoir was on 82% earlier today thanks to an extra 100 megalitres diverted to the facility, residents are urged to use water sparingly as the pumps won’t remain on indefinitely.

It is said that the third world war will be fought over water. Not far-fetched, NASA’s satellite data revealed three years ago that 21 of the world’s 37 large aquifers are “severely water-stressed.” 

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How can you conserve water?

Close taps while brushing teeth or showering

Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Only opening and closing the faucet to rinse could save up to 6 litres of water per minute. A shower can use up to 45 litres of water per minute so the quicker, the better. Only open the taps before soaping and again to rinse.

Use less and reuse

Either divert shower and laundry water to the garden outlet or collect shower water in a bucket to either wash clothes or flush the toilet. If your cistern has a new-ish flushing mechanism, ask your plumber to set it so that the cistern doesn’t fill up all the way. Alternatively, put a displacement device – or even just a brick – in the cistern to reduce the amount of water used to fill it up.

Repair leaks

Leaking taps and toilets can waste between 15 and 60 litres of water per day. While that doesn’t sound like much, rather be frugal with the water supply than having no water supply.

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