Pretoria residents urged to use water sparingly

Despite the recent rain, the Tshwane metro has asked residents to save and use water “sparingly.”

This follows a recent notification from Rand Water that the abstraction of water from the Vaal Dam exceeded the limit determined by the department of water and sanitation.

Rand Water started placing water supply limits on municipalities on Monday.

The restrictions were applicable throughout the city, said metro spokesperson Lindela Mashigo.

“They were done to make sure there was a continued supply of water to all residents,” he said.

“Our consumers must manage water more effectively. The water conservation measures implemented during the initial restrictions announced in May last year should become the norm.”

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Mashigo had the below tips for residents:

– Continue to use grey water for watering gardens and flushing toilets.

– Report water leaks and burst pipes.

– Install water-saving devices.

– Where possible, install a low-flow showerhead and tap aerators.

– Use a dual-flush toilet cistern.

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– Try to plant indigenous or drought-resistant shrubs in your garden.

– Water gardens before 08:00 or after 17:00 and only when necessary.

– Use a broom instead of a hosepipe to clean driveways or patios.

– Collect rainwater for re-use in the garden or for washing the car.

– Cover the swimming pool to reduce water evaporation.

– Take a shower rather than a bath.

– Close a running tap while brushing teeth or shaving.

– Regularly check toilets and taps for leaks.


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