City seals fate of spring

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THE CITY has fi­nally clar­i­fied the fate of the Springs Way wa­ter col­lec­tion point in New­lands.

It con­firmed that the spring would not be closed to the pub­lic. This af­ter lo­cal busi­ness­man Raeez Ra­woot cre­ated a pe­ti­tion that gained hun­dreds of sig­na­tures within days to stop the clo­sure of the col­lec­tion point, fol­low­ing an email by the Ward 59 coun­cil­lor, Ian Iversen. Ra­woot’s pe­ti­tion gained 1 000 sig­na­tures. He said it was his way of be­ing “proac­tive”.

“I just took the in­for­ma­tion, which was stated that there was a pos­si­bil­ity of the spring clos­ing and we need wa­ter, it is a life ne­ces­sity.

“It is un­fair to close ac­cess to free wa­ter, while the nat­u­ral spring has been around for thou­sands of years.” Iversen’s email had read: “The mayor has made the point that th­ese re­stric­tions also need to ap­ply to the ‘free wa­ter’ from springs around the city and there­fore peo­ple will be re­stricted, as to how much wa­ter in­di­vid­u­als are al­lowed to col­lect.

“A meet­ing will be held this com­ing Fri­day with SA Brew­eries and the Wa­ter Depart­ment to dis­cuss the spring in Springs Way off Kil­dare Road, New­lands, and how to ad­dress the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

“Some of the sug­ges­tions be­ing dis­cussed will be to reroute the wa­ter from the spring to link it up to Al­bion Springs to be in­te­grated into the mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter sys­tem, or to SA Brew­eries for col­lec­tion at the de­pot.”

Ini­tially ap­proached for com­ment, the City could not con­firm or deny the plans, de­spite nu­mer­ous at­tempts by the Cape Times to get clar­ity. But af­ter an out­pour­ing on so­cial me­dia, they fi­nally re­sponded. May­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for in­for­mal set­tle­ments, wa­ter, waste ser­vices and en­ergy Xanthea Lim­berg said there was no in­ten­tion on the part of the City to close the col­lec­tion point, but they had re­ceived com­plaints from res­i­dents re­gard­ing it.

“The sug­ges­tion to in­cor­po­rate wa­ter from this col­lec­tion point into the mu­nic­i­pal drink­ing wa­ter sys­tem or reroute it to the col­lec­tion point at the SAB de­pot on Main Road, New­lands was not meant to im­ply that the col­lec­tion point would be closed, only that coun­cil­lor Ian Iversen in­tended to ex­plore whether ex­cess wa­ter or run-off could be more ef­fec­tively utilised for drought re­lief. We have, how­ever, re­ceived re­ports of res­i­dents fill­ing up wa­ter tankers from th­ese points and would there­fore like to re­mind res­i­dents that it is il­le­gal to col­lect this wa­ter for com­mer­cial gain… It re­sults in long queues form­ing and cre­ates a nui­sance for res­i­dents in the vicin­ity.”

She said res­i­dents mak­ing use of the col­lec­tion point should re­spect the space and re­frain from lit­ter­ing or cre­at­ing an ex­ces­sive dis­tur­bance. The pe­ti­tion can be found at the Springs Way Road wa­ter col­lec­tion point in New­lands.

Yes­ter­day, the City said dam lev­els re­mained crit­i­cally low, with stor­age lev­els cur­rently at 37.2% and us­able wa­ter at 27.2%.

“Drought ef­forts con­tinue to be cen­tred around two key thrusts: be­ing to re­duce wa­ter us­age to 500 mil­lion litres per day of col­lec­tive con­sump­tion, while at the same time bring­ing on board an ad­di­tional emer­gency sup­ply of 500 mil­lion litres per day to see the city through as much of sum­mer 2017/18 as pos­si­ble.”

Pic­tures: COURT­NEY AFRICA/ANA

FREE FOR ALL: Springs Way New­lands is a wa­ter out­let built by a com­mu­nity mem­ber.

SPRING WA­TER: Res­i­dents fill up bot­tles of wa­ter from the spring.

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