The Department of Environmental and Infrastructure Services has urged Johannesburg residents to adhere to level 1 water restrictions implemented by the city.
This is due to the Lesotho Highlands Water Projects (LHWP) tunnel system maintenance.
The tunnel is expected to undergo a planned shutdown for inspection and maintenance since Tuesday and is expected to be completed by November 30.
According to the Department, level 1 water restrictions include no watering of gardens between 06:00 and 18:00. Residents are also not allowed to wash paved areas and driveways using hosepipes.
MMC for Environmental and Infrastructure Services Nico de Jager said the shutdown, instituted by the Department of Water and Sanitation, was gazetted on September 13. There will be no water transfers to the Vaal River System during the process.
“This is because the tunnel will be drained for the inspection and maintenance. I urge residents to adhere to the current Level 1 water restrictions that are still in full force,” said De Jager.
“It is critical that water conservation remains a strong priority among residents of the City.”
De Jager said Level 1 water restrictions include no watering of gardens between 06:00 and 18:00. Residents are also not allowed to wash paved areas and driveways using hosepipes.
“Residents are urged to report any water leaks they come across.”
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.