40 slapped with water fines in Pretoria

2016-11-15 14:44
Water wastage. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Water wastage. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Pretoria – A total of 40 residents of the capital city have been fined since the city council introduced new water restrictions this month.

Mayor Solly Msimanga said the next step is to install 3 000 flow restrictors at the biggest wasters in Pretoria, Netwerk24 reported.

Another measure that will be introduced is to partially close main valves at all reservoirs to reduce water pressure.

Msimanga said residents of Clubview in Centurion, Waverley in the Moot and Garsfontein and other suburbs in the east of the city remain the biggest water users.

But the city still managed to reach its water savings targets.

"I would like to congratulate the residents of Pretoria for saving 15.6% water," Msimanga said.

Golf courses may not be watered

The Department of Water and Sanitation, as well as Rand Water announced earlier that all cities had to reduce their consumption from the Vaal River by 15%.

Msimanga stressed again that golf courses may not currently be watered.

One of the 40 water abusers was a golf club that watered its vast lawns in the middle of the day.

Msimanga did not want to reveal which golf course it was, or how big the fine was.

Municipal parks and traffic islands are currently not watered with municipal water.

Residents may only water their gardens from 18:00 to 22:00 and swimming pools may not be filled with municipal water.

Fines of R1 500 to R20 000 await those who don’t comply.

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