During the winter months and dry season in Gauteng often there are appeals over the radio and newspapers to use water sparingly. Water piped to Cities in Gauteng is done by Rand Water. The water pumped is of good potable quality, though in some the piped water must be treated in Water purification plants.
One suggestion for periods of water shortages is for households as far as possible to install rain catchment tanks, such as slimline tanks, connected to roof gutters by pipes. During the rainy season these can be filled from rainfall and supply household water.
Some financial help to purchase these tanks would be useful.