Implementation of Water Restrictions to Ensure Continues Water Supply

Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality Council on 03 July 2015 resolved that water restrictions be implemented in the city’s jurisdiction in order to ensure continuous water supply. This is line with the Government Gazette No. 37421 dated 14 March 2014 gazetted by the National Department of Water and Sanitation (NDWS).

As the city, we have started implementing water restrictions. This is informed by infrequent rains and drought. As a result, water as the source does not meet the demands of the city. The city has come up with a plan during this time.


The actual water consumption for the 2013/2014 financial year amounted to 86.6 million m³/annum. To achieve 15% water restriction MMM is expected to consume 206 mega litres per day (ML/D)

1 Mega Litre = 1 Million Litres

  • Bloemfontein: (206*0.7865) = 162 ML/D
  • Botshabelo: (206*0.1271) = 26.2 ML/D
  • Thaba Nchu: (206*0.0864) = 17.8 ML/D

The required water savings will be achieved through:

  • Leak detection and repairs programme
  • Pressure Management programme
  • Consumers Education & Awareness Programme
  • Implementation of Water Restrictions as set out below


  • Watering of lawn is prohibited.
  • Watering of plants by utilizing hosepipes and or irrigation systems is prohibited.
  • Watering of plants not on alternate days is prohibited.
  • Emptying and or filling of swimming pools is prohibited.
  • Washing of cars utilizing hosepipes and or spray machines is prohibited.
  • Washing of cars more than ones a month is prohibited.
  • Waste water from car washing exercise running water on the street is prohibited.
  • Hosing of hard surfaces is prohibited.

Any contraventions to these restrictions as set out above will result in consequences and fines that go up to R20 000 (Twenty thousand rands). This applies to domestic, business and government entities. This is the country’s challenge that seeks the cooperation of every consumer. Citizens of Mangaung are urged to use water sparingly and adhere to the water restrictions as reflected above.  Members of the community are requested to report water leakages to our Call Centre on 0800 111 300 or 051 410 6689.
Issued by: MMM Communications – 051 405 8212