Stringent water restrictions are still in force in the Mangaung Metro area despite the rainfall in the central region. The South African Weather Service indicated that Bloemfontein had an estimated 11 millimetres of rain on Thursday by 8am on Friday. Other areas around the city measured up to two millimetres, while areas such as Fauresmith and the Knellpoort Dam measured four and five millimeters respectively.
Metro spokesperson, Qondile Khedama, confirmed that the water restrictions announced in July last year were still in place to ensure a continuous water supply to the metro.
The water restrictions also prohibit the watering of lawns. Other restrictions include the watering of plants by utilising hose pipes and/or irrigation systems; the watering of plants on alternate days; emptying and/or filling of swimming pools; washing of cars utilising hose pipes and/or spray machines and the hosing of hard surfaces. The metro further stipulated that any contraventions of these restrictions will result in fines up to R20 000. These restrictions apply to residential, business and government entities.
Khedama urged Mangaung’s citizens to use water sparingly and adhere to the water restrictions.
Members of the community are requested to report water leakages to the metro. Call Centre: 0800 111 300 or 051 410 6689. – firstname.lastname@example.org
André Grobler / Bloemfontein Courant