Dineo Bendile |
JOHANNESBURG – The City of Joburg says despite its calls for water to be used sparingly, its reservoir levels are stable. Johannesburg is just one of the areas that could be affected as Rand Water comes under pressure.
The water utility says low rainfall has affected its ability to pump desired volumes of water to some areas. Joburg Water’s Hilgard Matthews says the City is working closely with Rand Water to maintain regular supply.
“We are working with our partners, like Rand Water, to urge the public and all the water users to reduce their water usage.”While no restrictions have been implemented, locals have been called on to be mindful of how they use water. Residents should avoid watering their gardens between 6am and 6pm, filling swimming pools and bath tubs or washing cars with hosepipes. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane is expected to give clarity on the situation this weekend.EXPERTS ON EL NINO Environmental experts say the effects of an El Niño weather system are becoming visible through South Africa’s imminent water crisis as the country battles a drought.
Residents in the City of Tshwane have already been affected by temporary water restrictions as the municipality monitors its reservoir levels. Environmental Scientist Robert Scholes says changing patterns of the El Niño system have started to impact on South Africa’s own climate.
Water expert Anthony Turton says apart from weather patterns, the maintenance of infrastructure could play a role in the current crisis.
“Another problem is the long term maintenance and upgrading of sophisticated infrastructure which has been neglected.