Wa­ter for fi­ve to six mont­hs if...

George Herald - - VOORBLAD - A­li­da de Beer

At cur­rent wa­ter con­sump­ti­on le­vels, the ci­ty has fi­ve to six mont­hs' wa­ter sup­ply left, should suf­fi­cient rain not fall. By then, the sum­mer se­a­son and ho­li­day-goers will ha­ve ar­ri­ved.

Ac­cor­ding to George Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, the dam le­vel con­ti­nues to drop by 1,7% per week. Y­e­ster­day mor­ning's week­ly me­a­su­re­ment stood at 46,37%, af­ter 35mm of rain was re­cei­ved sin­ce T­hurs­day 20 Ju­ly.

Re­spon­ding to a que­ry from the news­pa­per, me­dia li­ai­son of­fi­cer At­ha­ne S­choltz con­fir­med t­hat the ef­flu­ent pu­ri­fi­ca­ti­on plant has been in o­pe­ra­ti­on sin­ce 14 Ju­ne to sup­ple­ment the dam sup­ply. "The a­vera­ge cur­rent flow ca­pa­ci­ty and de­li­very of the reu­se plant is me­a­su­red at 7 me­ga­lit­res per day."

Wa­ter from three bo­re­ho­les, de­li­ve­ring a­bout 2,2 me­ga­lit­res per day, al­so sup­ple­ments the dam sup­ply. "The flow in ri­vers con­tri­bu­ting to our wa­ter sup­ply is cur­rent­ly lower than the per­mit­ted mi­ni­mum flow, which me­ans we can­not draw from it to sup­ple­ment re­ser­ves," said S­choltz.

From the in­sti­tu­ti­on of wa­ter re­stricti­ons till 26 Ju­ly, con­sump­ti­on has drop­ped from an a­vera­ge of 30 me­ga­lit­res per day in May and Ju­ne to a 28 me­ga­lit­re a­vera­ge du­ring Ju­ly. George Mu­ni­ci­pal Ma­na­ger Trevor Bo­tha war­ned in a me­dia sta­te­ment on

5 Ju­ly t­hat mo­re strin­gent re­stricti­ons will ap­ply, should the dam le­vel re­ach 45%. T­his will acti­va­te a 15 ki­lo­lit­re per hou­se­hold per month li­mi­ta­ti­on. At the ti­me, the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty pre­dicted t­hat t­his le­vel would be re­a­ched by the start of Au­gust, if the ci­ty's con­sump­ti­on ra­te was not lo­we­red. "We can­not sit and wait for rain t­hat will co­me or not co­me. We must sa­ve now so t­hat we do not ha­ve re­grets la­ter," he said.

The ci­ty's to­tal wa­ter sup­ply ca­pa­ci­ty is 55,75-mil­li­on lit­res per day. Ac­cor­ding to the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, at the cur­rent po­pu­la­ti­on gro­wth pat­terns, t­his will be suf­fi­cient until at le­ast 2028, should nor­mal rain­fall con­di­ti­ons pre­vail.

The a­vera­ge cur­rent flow ca­pa­ci­ty and de­li­very of the reu­se plant is me­a­su­red at 7 me­ga­lit­res per day.

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