Water restriction tariffs suspended

The CoJ's MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services, councillor Nico de Jager. Photo: www.joburg.org.za

Residents received some good news when Johannesburg Water (JW) announced that the water restrictions were being partially lifted, but were unsure exactly how they will be affected.

One question that was on everybody’s lips was, “What about the water restriction tariffs implemented for high water consumption?” The Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Environment and Infrastructure Services, councillor Nico de Jager, had some more good news for residents in this regard.

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“It has come to my attention that the residents of Johannesburg are unsure about how the City’s decision to partially lift the Level 2 water restrictions affects them on a daily basis. In September last year, the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) implemented water restriction tariffs as a means to discourage excessive water use during low rainfall months. However, as these water restrictions have now been partially lifted, these tariffs will no longer apply, as of 1 April. I am pleased to announce that water use will now be billed at normal tariffs until further notice,” he said.

But, this does not mean residents can start using water recklessly. De Jager urged residents to remain active partners in reducing water usage within the CoJ and to report any form of vandalism and theft of water infrastructure to 0800 00 2587. “Residents should also continue to use grey water for flushing of toilets and watering of gardens. If possible, they should invest in the installation of water-saving devices as well,” he said.

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He added that the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) will continue to enforce by-law compliance in respect of the partial water restrictions still in place. “Residents should continue to report instances of non-compliance to the JMPD’s 24-hour hotline on 011 758 9650,” De Jager said.

Residents were reminded that they could receive alerts about planned and unplanned service interruptions by subscribing to JW’s SMS notification service. Information is also available on Twitter (@JHBWater), Facebook (Johannesburg Water) and the website (www.johannesburgwater.co.za).

He concluded by saying, “The success of our interventions depends on all of us working together to ensure our taps don’t dry up in the future.”

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