Water Wednesday: Restrictions imposed despite rainfall

Areas around Deep South, Soweto, Central, Midrand and Randburg in Gauteng will have to adhere to water restrictions during the night.

Johannesburg Water announced on 30 January that Johannesburg is under level 2 water restrictions. In spite of recent rain, the water levels at the Integrated Vaal River system have not risen sufficiently to above satisfactory levels.

Outlet valves in reservoirs in Grand Central, Diepkloof, Power Park, President Park, Orange Farm High Level, Ennerdale Andlawley, Zondi, Doornkop West, Eagle Nest, Crown Gardens and Jabulani will be closed between 8pm and 4am.

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

Johannesburg Water said that they have successfully stabilised areas around Lenasia, Northcliff, Fairland and Blackheath. In November 2016 these areas were highly affected by the drought.

Johannesburg spokesperson Tidimalo Chuene said that a factor that contributed to their success in these areas is that consumers have reduced their consumption significantly.

“The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) 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.”

The SAnews government advised consumers to continue reporting non-compliance by calling the JMPD 24/7 line: 011 758 9650.

Meanwhile, Vaal Dam levels seem to be on a steady rise:

Here is the water supply update by province this week:

water levels

The provincial dam levels are at 58.3% in Eastern Cape, Free State 55.9%, Gauteng 86.4%, KwaZulu-Natal 45.9%, Limpopo 60.9%, Mpumalanga 65.4%, North West 67.3%, Western Cape 39.5%, and 90% in the Northern Cape.

Here is the dam level update as of 31 January 2017:

dam levels

For a more in depth rainfall update, visit WeatherSA or click here. For more information on the water storage levels across the country, visit the DWS site. For a comprehensive drought status report from the Department of Water and Sanitation, click here.



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