The City of Johannesburg is policing its water shortage strongly, having already issued dozens of fines to residents in breach of restrictions.

The City has issued 139 notices, 41 citations and 52 fines, with the fines costing offenders between R1000 and R1500.

Water usage in the City has been reduced by 15%, at the desperate request of the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation, and positive results are already being seen.

“Reservoir levels across the city are stable after the 15% restriction on their inflows and we haven’t experienced any problems with our storage thus far,” says the City.

However, it says, domestic water use has only been reduced by a measly 3,5%, far below the benchmark.

This comes after the Department warned that water levels in the Vaal River System and in various KwaZulu-Natal reservoirs are being depleted.

While level 2 water restrictions have been in place since November of last year, the City continues to plead with residents to use water sparingly following the drought crisis.