Ekurhuleni’s Water Soon To Be Rationed
Ekurhuleni’s Water Soon To Be Rationed: Water shedding of the water supply might soon become a reality in Ekurhuleni. During a meeting with Clr Tiisetso Nketle, the member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for water, sanitation and energy, last weeks she explained to Benoni City Times that the water supply to the metro’s feed from the Vaal Dam had been rationed. Nketle confirmed that, as of October 20, the Vaal Dam was 27 per cent full. She said once the water level reached 20 per cent, by law, no more water may be distributed from the reservoir. Ekurhuleni’s ration, which should come into effect on October 28, will be 828 631 thousand litres (kl) a day, whereas the city currently uses about 974 860kl a day. “We will manage the Vaal Dam until it reaches 25 per cent, after which water from other dams will be brought in,” Ratau said.
To bring Ekurhuleni’s consumption down to fit within the ration, water shedding will be applied in the metro soon. Nketle said she and the mayor, Clr Mzwandile Masina, are due to sign off a plan to impose hydro-shedding this week. The MMC said the water restrictions currently in place would not be amplified to achieve the necessary savings. As of Monday, October 17, Ekurhuleni has reduced its water consumption by 3.7 per cent since imposing the restrictions, well below the required 15 per cent. Nketle confirmed this and said it was the prerogative of each individual municipality on how the 15 per cent saving would be achieved. According to her, the limits on water consumption will be reviewed in May next year, or earlier, depending on various factors, including rainfall and the amount of savings achieved. “The scarcity of water may continue until 2024, when the Polihali Dam, which is the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, will be completed,” she said.