Despite stories doing the rounds, especially on social media, the City of Ekurhuleni has NOT relaxed water restrictions.
On the contrary, Ekurhuleni is one of the municipalities that that has yet to reach the required 15 percent water saving, as imposed by national government.
Water savings are monitored on a weekly basis and since the implementation of the restrictions, it has yet to reach the targeted 15 percent.
At a meeting on December 07 with the Department of Water and Sanitation, Rand Water and municipalities, Ekurhuleni recorded 8 percent saving, with neighboring metropolitan municipalities Joburg at 10.5 percent and Tshwane at 19.5 percent for the week.
Ekurhuleni has implemented water rationing from 9pm – 5am in the evenings in all areas according to a roster, available on the City's website.
Various engagements have been held with the business sector in Ekurhuleni who are responding well to the call of saving water.
An appeal goes out to all residents to heed the call and pledge with the City to save water.
In the first week of December, the Vaal Dam's level was 37% - which was due to augmentation from Katse as well as head waters from Sterkfontein, which will be stopped on 22 December.
The restrictions will only be reviewed in May 2017.
Restrictions that apply:
Low pressure to curb water use across the region.
Use of hosepipe and sprinkler system is prohibited.
No filling of swimming pool with municipal water.
No watering from 6am to 6pm. Thereafter only with a watering can/bucket.
25kl monthly consumption limit on households. If this is exceeded, a 10% fine is imposed.
Should the above not be adhered to, including illegal water connections (eg. using fire hydrants), a fine of R6 753.64 will be imposed on households per incident. For business, this fine is R13 762.24.
"By standing together we can ensure that we save this life giving resource, because if we don't there will be no water," Ekurhuleni's Spokesperson Themba Gadebe cautioned.
Residents are requested to ensure that they to fix all water leaks on their properties and report those outside of properties to the following platforms.
City's call center via:
0860 543 000
SMS details to 30788