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​​​City reiterates water restrictions still in place in Johannesburg

Member of the Mayoral Committee in the City of Johannesburg Cllr Nico de Jager would like to state on record that level 1 water restrictions have been in effect since March 2017.

City of Johannesburg residents are requested to reduce their water consumption patterns as water usage has increased at an alarming rate and this is of serious concern given the recent heat wave we have been experiencing since the beginning of 2018 in Gauteng.

When the National Department of Water and Sanitation lifted the water restrictions in early March 2017, it was agreed that the City of Joburg would retain some level of water restrictions. Residents are therefore reminded that Level 1 water restrictions are still in place.

With Level 1 restrictions, watering of gardens is not allowed between 6am and 6pm in summer months (1 Sept to 31 March). Furthermore, it is not allowed to wash paved areas and driveway using hose pipes.

Residents are also urged to continue to report all burst pipes, leaking water meters, open hydrants and to:
• 011 375 5555/ 011 688 1699
• SMS 082 653 2143 or

Residents can also implement the following water saving tips:
• Do not leave taps dripping.
• Wash your car on the grass. This will water your lawn at the same time.
• Use a watering-can instead of a hose pipe.
• Shorten your showering time.
• Use a glass of water to rinse when brushing your teeth.
• Take shallow baths. Avoid filling your bath to a depth greater than 100mm.
• Re-use water to water your garden or pot plants.

Water is a scarce commodity and Johannesburg Water is committed to provide a sustainable water and sanitation supply to all residents of the City. Level 1 water restrictions will be enforced by fines to consumers who contravened the Water Services By-law and consumers are urged to report non-compliance by phoning the JMPD 24/7 hotline on 011 758 9650.

Media enquiries:

Cllr Nico de Jager
MMC: Environment and Infrastructure Services Department
083 899 2127​

Mr. Isaac Dhludhlu
Communications Manager
011 688 1577
072 638 5346​