‘Res­i­dents must watch wa­ter use’

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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.

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