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Virginia Keppler
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22 Jan 2018
8:00 am

Tshwane puts residents on water alert as bulk supply is cut

Virginia Keppler

The City of Tshwane is urging residents to use water even more sparingly to avoid shortages and water interruptions

FILE PICTURE: Water pours out of the Vaal Dam at the dam wall near Denneysville, 11 March 2014, following a weak of heavy rains. The dam has reached 105 percent capacity, and Vaal Dam management have opened 7 of the 16 gates. Water is flowing out of the dam at 994.4m3/s. Picture: Michel Bega

The city received a warning notification from Rand Water last week. Rand Water indicated that the extraction of water from the Vaal Dam was exceeding the permissible licenced limit, which was determined by the national department of water and sanitation.

Tshwane city spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said residents and the business community needed to be serious about conserving water.

On January 15, Rand Water had start limiting water supply to municipalities in order to keep within the permissible water extraction limit. “The restrictions are applicable throughout the city,” said Mashigo.

“They are intended to safeguard as well as ensure there is continued control and supply of Tshwane puts residents on water alert as bulk supply is cut water to all residents.

“Our consumers are urged to manage water in a far more effective and efficient way. “If this appeal is heeded, water-related interruptions be minimised.” According to the city, water conservation measures that were implemented during the initial period of restrictions should now become the norm.

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