September 20, 2021

What Gauteng’s different water restriction levels mean for you

Here is the breakdown:

What Gauteng’s different water restriction levels mean for you

What Gauteng’s different water restriction levels mean for you photo credit: Canva

Rand Water issued a 20% water restriction notice to municipalities across Gauteng, last week. There have been growing fears that the water restrictions could have an impact on hospitals and schools in the province.

Some areas have been without water for nearly a week with no indication of when it will be restored. There are six restriction levels that ringfence what can and can’t be done under that level’s rules.

Here is the breakdown:

Level 1 (we’re here right now):

• Watering of gardens is not allowed between 6am and 6pm in summer months (1 September – 31 March).

• Using garden hoses to clean hard surfaces is also not allowed.

Level 2:

• Sprays and sprinklers are banned.

• Handheld hosepipes can only be used between 5pm and 7pm.

• Vehicles should be cleaned using hoses that have a trigger nozzle between 5pm and 7pm.

Level 3:

• All sprinklers and other sprays and dripper systems aren’t allowed.

• Handheld hoses can only be used for 15 minutes between 5pm and 7pm.

• Use of grey water is advised.

• Filling of pools is allowed for 15 minutes using hose pipes.

Level 4:

• Outdoor irrigation of both commercial and industrial spaces is banned.

• Buckets must be used to watch vehicles.

• No filling of pools

• Encouraging the use of recycling, like grey water.

Level 5:

• All limits of level 4 upheld.

• Encouraging the use of recycling, like grey water.

• The efficient and moderate use of water.

Level 6:

• Non-residential households and properties must cut consumption by 45%.

• Water drawn from boreholes should not be used for outdoor purposes.

• Watering for agriculture should be reduced to 60%.

The lastest set of restrictions have affected at least 36 reservoirs in the province.

Sources: MSN

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