Dams Vaal Water saving Shedding mechanism Grey Water
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Johannesburg still has level 1 water restrictions in place so here is some helpful information for you to save water and prevent level 2 from happening.


Johannesburg, South Africa – Johannesburg is in fact under water restrictions, as is most of South Africa. The country is a water scarce region, and this shouldn’t be forgotten. With it being water week, it is important to remember how to live with level 1 water restrictions.

In March 2017, the level 2 restrictions were partially lifted, this was due to heavy rainfall causing most dams to reach 100% capacity within a matter of days. Now, a full two years later, the rainy season has been notably drier than usual and meant that the Vaal dam, which is a primary water supply for Gauteng, has dropped below 70%.

While level 1 restrictions have been in place all along, it is important to remember what that means.

The level 1 restriction means the following needs to be adhered to daily:

  • Watering of gardens is only allowed between 18:00-06:00 (1 September and 31 March); and between 16:00-08:00 (1 April and 31 August).
  • All consumers are prohibited from using a hose-pipe to clean paved areas, roofs and driveways with municipal water.
  • Sports fields are only allowed to be watered for two hours per day, twice per week. This includes the watering of cricket pitches, golf course greens and bowling greens.

City of Johannesburg residents are reminded that level 1 water restrictions are still in place enforceable by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department and consumers are urged to report non-compliance using the 24/7 hotline on 011 758 9650.

All residents are encouraged to report water and sanitation problems on the Call Centre 011 375 5555 and social media pages: Twitter- @Jhbwater and Facebook – Johannesburg Water. They also post helpful tips for saving water across their social media platforms.

Let’s take a leaf out Cape Towns book and be mindful of how much water we use every day. Here is how to manage and lower your water usage easily and without too much effort.

  • Don’t run the tap while brushing your teeth.
  • Take shorter showers, avoid bathing.
  • Save grey water for the garden or flushing the toilet.
  • If it’s yellow, let it mellow.
  • Make sure your washing machine is full before using it.
  • Place a brick in your toilet

Let’s all do our part to make sure we have enough water to get through winter, because… winter is coming!

Sources: GTG / The South African / Johannesburg Water
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