Water rationing to be implemented in Ekurhuleni

Water rationing to be implemented in Ekurhuleni

The City of Ekurhuleni will start with water rationing measures from next week in an effort to save water.

Ekurhuleni Water rationing

The Metro says it has no choice but to take this drastic step as voluntary water saving measures by residents have averaged a savings rate of about 3.5 percent a week, a far cry from the required 15 percent. 

Water rationing measures will initially be implemented from 21.00pm to 5.00am every night starting from Monday, 7 November 2016.

"This means that there will be no water during this period in the affected areas. If these measures do not achieve the required 15 percent, the city will ration water during the day as well. 

For the water rationing schedule, click here.

Ekurhuleni announced water restrictions in September 2016 and further said it would start levying penalties for excessive water consumption starting from October.

In terms of the restrictions, businesses were required to reduce their water consumption by 15 percent of their average annual consumption and households not to exceed 25kl consumption per month.

Restrictions include: 

- No watering of gardens during the day

- No use of hosepipes

- No filling of swimming pools

Water saving measures include: 

- Fixing of leaking pipes

- Taking five minute showers instead of using a bathtub

- Using a cup to brush teeth 

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