According to the South African Government News Agency, the Lesotho Highlands Water Project tunnel has been shut down for maintenance.
The Department of Water and Sanitation has called on residents in Gauteng to cut back on water usage during a planned shutdown of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel system for inspection and maintenance.
The two-month shutdown, which has been gazetted and took effect on 13 September 2019, started on 1 October and will end on 30 November 2019. The LHWP augments water resources in the Vaal River System, which provides water to Rand Water, Sasol, Eskom and a large number of smaller users.
‘During the inspection and maintenance work, water consumers, especially the farming community, will be affected. This therefore necessitates that water users heed the call to use water with the utmost sensitivity to the limited water supply,’ said the department.
The department has also assured Gauteng residents that contingency measures have been put in place to ensure that water supply continues uninterrupted during this period.
Johannesburg Water, the City of Johannesburg’s water utility, is urging residents to adhere to the level-1 water restrictions already in place. Under level-1 water restrictions:
– Watering of gardens is not allowed between 6am and 6pm in summer months (1 Sept to 31 March).
– Residents are not allowed to wash paved areas and driveways using hose pipes; and
residents are urged to report any water leaks they come across.
Report all burst pipes, leaking water metres, and open hydrants to the following Johannesburg Water channels:
(+27 11) 375 5555/+27 (0) 86 056 2874;
SMS: +27 (0) 76 333 5052;
@Jhbwater – Twitter and/or Johannesburg Water – Facebook.
Here are some effective ways to save water:
– Limit your shower time.
– Don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth and shaving.
– Use a glass to rinse instead of running water when brushing your teeth.
– Fix any water leaks.
– Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank.
– Water your garden sparingly and only when the sun is down. Rather buy succulents and water-wise plants.
– Water your plants with recycled water.
– Only wash full loads of clothes and dishes.
– Wash your car using a bucket.
DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND SANITATION