‘Residents must watch water use’
BUFFALO City residents are still urged to use water sparingly and to adhere to water restrictions implemented by various municipalities.
Recent rains had little impact on the Eastern Cape dam levels. According to a report issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation, Eastern Cape dam levels increased by 0.2% from 58.6% to 58.8%.
The Amathole system, which includes dams such as Laing, Nahoon and Bridle Drift, is at 62.5% compared to last year’s 81.6% during this period. The dam levels in the Algoa system, which includes Churchill Dam, Kouga Dam, Impofu Dam and Lourie Dam, are at 31.7% – compared to last year’s 72.3%. This is a severe drop within the space of a year.
The latest figures reveal that Bridle Drift‚ the main dam supplying East London and Mdantsane, was below 40%‚ according to a statement by the metro on Friday. The metro is already sourcing water from its reserve – the Wriggleswade Dam, which is at 70%.
“The Department of Water and Sanitation is still appealing to the communities and business fraternity to use water sparingly. Certain municipalities around the province have implemented water restrictions due to the high water demand,” department spokesman Thandile Ngcume said.
In other water-related news, the Department of Water and Sanitation is appealing to all people to report acts of vandalism of water infrastructure to the police station, municipal offices and the Department of Water and Sanitation on 0800-200-200.
“Remember, water is a basic human right and when communities do not get it because of other people’s irresponsible behaviour, it means that they are being denied that right. Ordinary people can assist government in managing water quality by reporting any illegal activity that may cause pollution to the environment,” Ngcume said.