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Water Shortage in Johannesburg: Water Tanks Dispatched as Reservoirs Hit Critical Lows

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

Johannesburg is grappling with a critical water scarcity situation as its reservoirs are experiencing dangerously low water levels. The cause of the crisis is an unsustainable demand for water, and the city's high consumption levels, exacerbated by warmer weather and insufficient rainfall.



As per Joburg Water, the demand has surged due to warmer weather conditions and lack of adequate rain. Are parts of the city bereft of water during this crisis stand as a testament to the severity of the current situation.


To alleviate the problem, Joburg Water has dispatched water tanks to Hamilton Street, Coronation, Garden and De Villiers Streets, Turffontein, Steytler Road, and Westbury.


In a desperate move to conserve available resources, the city has also implemented level-1 water restrictions from 1 September through 31 March, annually. The city's residents are urged to use water judiciously during these critical times.



Under these level-1 water restrictions, activities such as using hosepipes to water gardens, clean driveways, and fill up swimming pools and water features from 6 am to 6 pm are completely banned. The city encourages the use of greywater as an alternative for these activities to stabilize the system in the coming months.


Nombuso Shabalala, the utility spokesperson, warned, "Failure to reduce water consumption will lead to more strict measures for controlling the extreme increase." She further urged communities to become ambassadors for responsible water use.


The authorities also shared several water-saving habits like fixing all leaking plumbing features, using a glass of water to rinse when brushing teeth and reusing greywater for watering pot plants or gardens.


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