Mandela Bay on the brink, as Mayor issues strict water restrictions

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While fortunes are starting to improve for the people of Cape Town, Mandela Bay Mayor Ahtol Trollip announced that stricter water restrictions would be implemented in his city this week.

Trollip said dam levels had dropped to an average of 19.27 percent this week, putting pressure on supply, as that region waits patiently for its rainy season. However, there is no guarantee that this rain will come either, which is why his council had opted to err on the side of caution.

Given the strong possibility that the drought can continue, should local water consumption not be reduced further, Mayor Trollip appealed to local residents and communities to adhere to the firmer water restrictive measures.

These are the new restrictive measures:

• Restrict household consumption to 15 kl per metered connection.

• Blanket restriction of high consumers using discs or flow restrictors

• No use of hosepipes allowed (to water gardens, wash cars, hose down walls or paving, top up pools, fountains or ponds, etc.), unless:

– The water is from a source other than municipal.

– The water is used for fire-fighting purposes.

• No use of municipal water supply allowed to water gardens, wash cars, hose down walls or paving, top up pools, fountains or ponds, etc.

• No use of sprinklers or irrigation systems allowed, unless:

– The water is from a source other than municipal.

• All building contractors to use treated effluent, collected from Fishwater Flats (or any other appropriate wastewater treatment works), other than for concrete work.

• All domestic customers will have a flow meter restrictor installed. All borehole users must register with the municipality, and comply with the conditions attached to such registration, particularly the prohibition on sale or transfer of own borehole water for use on other properties.

• No applications to build swimming pools will be approved.

• No use of automatic urinal flushing systems allowed.

• All car washes will be closed if they have not achieved the requirement to recycle 60% of their water.

• No municipal showers will operate.

• Municipal swimming pools must be filled with suitable ground water.

• Residential, institutional and government users are subject to Part C of the Schedule of Tariffs.

• Commercial and Industrial users are subject to Part C of the Schedule of Tariffs.

• All requirements of the Water and Sanitation By-Law will be enforced, as will the conditions of Restriction Notice 5

The Municipality requests:

• That all residents use a maximum of 50 litres per person per day.

• That cistern “bricks” be utilised in every toilet.

• That household toilets be flushed with non-municipal water (e.g. grey, rain or borehole water).

• That water-efficient showerheads be used.

The Municipality will:

• Make recycled effluent available to contractors and householders for non-drinking purposes during business hours (08:00 – 16:00).

• Make untreated groundwater available for non-drinking purposes, at the Motherwell cemetery.

• Install flow control valves at 50 high water user schools.

• Train and utilise peace officers from amongst the staff of all directorates, and Metro Police officers, to enforce the provisions of the Water and Sanitation Services By-Law and the restriction notice.

• Install cistern “bricks” in every one of its own cisterns.

• Manage its internal water usage, per directorate, based on the audit conducted

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