Utility Services

Water is Scarce Resource, Use it Sparingly

Residents are urged to use water sparingly as temperatures rise in many parts of Gauteng.

The South African Weather Service has recorded high temperatures in Ekurhuleni this week, resulting in high water consumption levels and strain on the water supply network.

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Water, Sanitation and Energy, Cllr Tiisetso Nketle urges residents to use water to stay hydrated, yet sparingly, and to avoid direct sunlight and congested places where air ventilation is minimal to avoid heatstroke.

“To ensure water is used wisely during these high temperature conditions, residents should refrain from watering gardens and filling swimming pools during the day, and not use hosepipes when washing cars,” MMC Nketle added.

Residents can report water leaks at their area’s Customer Care Centre, nearest depot, to the call centre at 086 054 3000 or through the My Ekurhuleni App.

By following these water saving tips to reduce consumption will help preserve the available water resources:

  1. Turn the tap o­ff between washing your face, brushing your teeth or shaving.
  2. Taking a five-minute shower a day, instead of a bath, will use a third of the water used bathing in a bathtub; if you prefer to bath, do not fill the bath tub.
  3. Use low-flow showerheads, dual-flush toilet mechanisms and water-efficient washing machines.
  4. Fix leaking toilets; avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily by disposing of tissues, insects and other waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  5. Do not excessively backwash your swimming pool.
  6. Use a bucket rather than a hose to wash your car and water the garden.