Nigel residents urged to continue saving water

The City of Ekurhuleni has urged residents to continue saving water, despite water restrictions having been lifted earlier this year.

Ekurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe said in a media statement on September 14, that Rand Water requested municipalities to curb water use during summer when traditionally, consumption is at its peak.

The bulk water supplier has implemented Stage 1 of their protocol for the operation of the bulk water distribution network.

This stage calls on municipalities to implement measures to balance the supply and demand for water to mitigate the risk of water interruptions.

“The municipality therefore urges residents and businesses alike to focus their efforts on implementing simple changes that will go a long way in reducing water demand,” Gadebe said.

Residents may over the past year have noted that the municipality has put in place interventions such as the reduction of water pressure, prioritising the repair of major pipe bursts, as well as leak detection and repair.

“Residents could and should experience low water pressure, especially during peak demand times between 05:00 to 08:00 and 17:00 to 20:00 daily,”

Gadebe added that the municipality is aware of the fact that many industries have now entered their peak production season, which results in higher water consumption, but said that in order to ensure that there remains a constant supply of water, businesses are requested to continue in their endeavours to reduce the demand on the municipal water supply system.

“Although water restrictions were lifted in March, irrigation activities are prohibited between the hours of 07:00 and 17:00,” Gadebe warned.

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