Trollip announces tighter water restrictions as dam levels drop below 20%

13:17 (GMT+2) Wed, 11 Jul 2018

Nelson Mandela Bay Executive mayor, Athol Trollip, has announced tighter water restrictions as the combined capacity of the Metro's main supply dams drops below 20 percent.

Speaking at a media briefing at City Hall on Wednesday, Trollip announced several additional measures that will be implemented.

These include that residential, institutional and government users will now be subject to Part C of Schedule of Tariffs.

Trollip said commercial and industrial users will also be subject to Part C of the tariff schedule, while stressing that water and sanitation by-laws will be enforced.

He's appealed to every citizen in the Metro to become a peace officer to monitor water usage.

"If your neighbour is irrigating their lawn or washing their motor car if you're not prepared to challenge that person please advise us so that we can challenge that person. So, I want everybody to take responsibility for this," Trollip said.

"If we don't implement these measures now, which are harsh, then the next stage is restrictions where the dam levels reach 15% (of combined capacity).  Those restrictions are even more severe," the mayor said.

The following measures were announced on Wednesday.

• 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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