In March 2017, the City of Johannesburg partially lifted Level 2 water restrictions that were in place over Gauteng in 2016 due to the drought.  As South Africa remains a water scarce country we urge all water users to maintain vigilance in conserving this scarce resource.

The current water restrictions in place in Gauteng are as follows:-

  • MOST IMPORTANTLY: All consumers are prohibited from using a hosepipe to clean paved areas and driveways with municipal water.
  • During Summer i.e. 1 September to 31 March of each year, all consumers are prohibited from watering and irrigating their gardens between 06:00 – 18:00; and
  • Between 18:00 and 06:00 gardens may be watered using irrigation systems and/or hand held hose pipes;

Please ensure that your automated irrigation systems are set to water your garden as per the above times and that your gardeners are also aware of the prohibited watering times but also that they may not use hose pipes to clean driveways and paved areas with municipal water.

Here are some water saving tips to assist you in conserving our precious resource:-

How to conserve water without necessarily changing your lifestyle?


  • Convert to dual flush toilet
  • Adjust the water level of washing and dish washing machines to suit the load
  • Install water-saving shower heads and flow restrictors
  • Take short showers or, if you want a long soak, take a bath
  • Repair leaking/dripping taps
  • Turn the tap off when you are brushing your teeth
  • Buy water efficient devices (small shower heads etc.)


  • Water your garden in the morning or late in the afternoon and avoid watering on windy days
  • Keep your garden free of weeds, as they use water too
  • When sprinkling, use a timer on the tap
  • Install a drip system or micro-sprays in garden beds
  • Soak your gardens twice a week and water the roots, not the leaves
  • Use a trigger nozzle on your hose
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk
  • Wash a car on the lawn using a bucket instead of the hose
  • Cover your pool to avoid evaporation in hot days and throughout the winter season
  • Plant indigenous plants that require less watering
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Groundwater use in high water table areas

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