It has been a hot, dry October in much of the interior of South Africa and the rains have started later than usual. The water demand is extremely high because of the high temperatures currently being experienced and reservoirs cannot keep up with the water demand. Rand Water has informed the Midvaal Local Municipality of that the Lesotho Highlands Water Project tunnel system, which supplies water to some of South Africa’s biggest cities, would be closed for maintenance for two months (1 October 2019 and will remain in effect until 30 November 2019). Gauteng and the surrounding region gets its water from the 14 interconnected dams of the Integrated Vaal River System. Some of these are in Lesotho, South Africa’s mountainous neighbour. Midvaal Local Municipality appeals to all its residents to utilise water sparingly during this time. Residence are reminded to use the following hints to reduce water demand and save water. Use a broom instead of a hosepipe to clean driveways Use grey water to water gardens and flush toilets Report water leaks and burst pipes Install water-saving devices Where possible, install a low-flow showerhead and tap aerators Use dual-flush toilet cistern Collect rainwater to reuse in the garden or to wash cars Cover the swimming pool to reduce evaporation Take a quick shower rather than a bath Close a running tap while brushing teeth or shaving Regularly check toilets and taps for leaks Rather water gardens before 06:00 or after 18:00 and only when necessary Plant indigenous or drought-resistant shrubs in the garden Shave with a small container of water Use water sparingly and save this scarce resource.