Johannesburg to Introduce Stricter Water Restrictions

South Africa’s city of Johannesburg will introduce tougher water restrictions to achieve the required 15 percent reduction in water consumption as the country’s worst drought on record shows little sign of abating.

The city is expected to reduce usage by 15 percent “following a Government Gazette notice by the National Department of Water and Sanitation to curtail the extraction of water for urban use from the Integrated Vaal River System by 15%” Johannesburg Water said in an e-mailed statement.

Consumption initially fell 4.6 percent before regressing to

3.5 percent and then a 1.2 percent reduction per week since the announcement of so-called level 2 restrictions last month.

“Dams in the system have declined to 51 percent, while the Vaal dam is dipping below 30 percent,” Johannesburg Water said. “If the Vaal Dam drops below 20 percent the take out pumping points are compromised.”

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