Rand Water says it has observed a high demand for water from consumers and this has led to shortages. It has called on residents in Johannesburg and Tshwane to use water sparingly as the water reserves are running dry and there is less water supply even though dam levels are over 60% capacity.

Some residents in the Johannesburg Metro have been without water for days.

Rand Water Chief Operations Officer, Mahlomola Mehlo says this has put pressure on their system.

“The problem is not Rand Water. The problem is the consumption of water because if we are putting 10 litres of water in the system, we can not consume more than 10 litres. That is the case in the few weeks. That is what we are curtailing the supply of water to maintain the supply within what we are able to produce and supply the water,” says Mehlo.