Intermittent water supply is making it difficult  to fully extinguish a fire at the New England Road landfill

Johannesburg Water has announced that it will be restricting water supply overnight to areas around Deep South, Soweto, Central, Midrand and Randburg in a bid to save water.

Despite recent rainfall, water levels at the Integrated Vaal River system have not risen to above satisfactory levels and Johannesburg remains under level 2 water restrictions. This new move is prompted by a need to curb water usage at reservoir sites experiencing high consumption.

Technicians will be closing the outlet valves of a number of reservoirs between 20:00 and 04:00, resulting in no water supply during these times.

According to the City of Johannesburg, this is a method was used in November 2016 to successfully stabilise supply in areas around Lenasia, Northcliff, Fairlands and Blackheath, which were struggling with supply. The success was bolstered by consumers in those areas who have significantly reduced their consumption since.

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department is still monitoring wasteful water use and has thus far issued a total of 665 fines to consumers found contravening the Water Services By-law.

 

Areas affected

Outlet valves will be closed at the following reservoirs:

  • Grand Central
  • Diepkloof
  • Power Park
  • President Park
  • Orange Farm High Level
  • Ennerdale Andlawley
  • Zondi
  • Doornkop West
  • Eagle Nest
  • Crown Gardens
  • Jabulani

Valves will also be closed in Honeydew Tower and Waterval Tower.