The residents of Johannesburg have recently been urged to adjust their water usage according to level 1 water restrictions, which have been implemented for the entire city.
One of the biggest contributing factors for the city’s need to act is the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which is set to be shut down and undergo an inspection, as well as maintenance. Maintenance on the tunnel, including Infrastructure Services and MMC for Environmental Services has already commenced, and will only be completed by the 30th of November.
The shutdown of this project and overall maintenance thereof, as of the 13th of September. This will cause there to be no water transfers whatsoever, particularly to the Vaal River System, until the process has concluded.
The Vaal River System’s tunnel is set to be drained for inspection, as well as maintenance, which is why residents are urged to adhere to the new level 1 restriction.
Water Conservation is a Prime Element of Helping Gauteng Sustain Itself
Just like Cape Town nearly ran out of water, so can any other region in the country. Looking back at Cape Town, and the entire Western Cape’s journey to recovering itself, there’s no question that Johannesburg can’t do the same.
With proper measures set in place, such as water restrictions and implementing methods to conserve water, there are indeed ways to restore water issues in the city and the entire region. Strict water restrictions may seem like a punishment to residents now, but it is set in place to merely help sustainably restore the future of water, in Johannesburg.
Water conservation must be prioritized by residents. Only if residents work together to conserve water, will the city be able to restore its water resources.
Level 1 water restrictions include not watering your garden between the period, 06:00 and 18:00, and not washing either your driveways or paved areas using a hosepipe.