Gauteng metros hit with water restrictions | Infrastructure news

Rand Water started the process of reducing flow to the three metros, as a result of declining dam levels in Gauteng reservoirs.

City of Johannesburg, Tshwane and  Ekurhuleni were hit with water restrictions on Friday morning.

In a statement, Rand Water said these reductions were due to higher than normal demand resulting in average storage capacity dropping below 60%.

Spokesperson Justice Mohale said some reservoirs such as Brakfontein, Klipfontein, and Hartebeeshoek were currently below safe operating levels.

“Rand Water’s operating philosophy is to maintain reservoir storage levels between 60% and 80% for equitable distribution hence the measure,” Mohale said.

“This is being implemented to assist with the recovery of these reservoir levels whilst managing high water consumption within the above mentioned metros.”

Rand Water said it has informed all its customers of the need to reduce water consumption and use water sparingly, but did not specify when the situation would be expected back to normal.

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