We have spoken about using water sparingly on Counting Coins before. But after yesterday’s announcement by Johannesburg Water of proposed fines to water wasters, it’s never been better for your pocket (and Mother Nature, of course) to save water.

Anthony Still, a member of the Mayoral Committee responsible for Environment, Infrastructure Services Department, said yesterday that water consumption in Johannesburg needs to be reduced by 15% to ensure a water shortage isn’t on the cards. Should residents not comply with the water regulations, fines will be issued.

Here’s the breakdown:

• Level 2 water restrictions, as implemented in November 2015, are still in place. Watering of gardens (which accounts for 40% of water usage in Gauteng) is not allowed between 06:00 and 18:00 daily.
• Sprinkler systems are not allowed, and watering of gardens is only allowed by using water cans, buckets and hose pipes.
• Hose pipes may not be used to clean pavements or wash cars.
• Swimming pools may only be filled with borehole water – municipal water is not to be used.

Failure to comply with any of the restrictions will result in fines of between R1 000 and R1 500, which will be added to the water bill, and the City of Johannesburg’s hotline can be used to report non-compliance, with the JMPD also stepping in to monitor water usage.

Also, water restriction tariffs have taken effect. According to these you will be charged extra for using certain amounts of water.

• Consumption of between 20 000 litres and 30 000 litres of water per month will result in paying 10% extra.
• Consumption of between 30 000 litres and 40 000 litres of water per month will result in paying 20% extra.
• You’ll pay 30% extra for consumption of above 40 000 litres.

According to Water Wise, an average family of 4 that uses water responsibly can manage to not exceed usage of 8 500 litres of water a month.

Check out these tips to make sure you’re a responsible consumer.

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Angie Gallagher

Angie Gallagher is a freelance writer in the Upper Karoo. Aside from writing content for Counting Coins, Angie has tried her hand at a few juvenile attempts at poetry filled with storms and stress, and a marginally successful radio station, Radio Grootoor, recorded on cassette tapes when she was ten.

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