Use wa­ter spa­ringly, coun­cil ur­ges

Mossel Bay Advertiser - - News - Nic­key le Roux

At a spe­ci­al mu­ni­ci­pal coun­cil meet­ing, Mos­sel Bay town coun­cil­lors u­na­ni­mous­ly ap­pro­ved the im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of vo­lun­ta­ry wa­ter re­stricti­ons within the gre­a­ter Mos­sel Bay a­rea.

Mos­sel Bay’s main sour­ce of drin­king wa­ter is the Wol­we­dans Dam. At the spe­ci­al coun­cil meet­ing on T­hurs­day, 24 Au­gust, coun­cil­lors le­ar­ned that t­his dam is cur­rent­ly 73.65% full.

It al­so, ho­we­ver, sup­plies Pe­troSA with a­bout 15Ml/day. The a­vera­ge mu­ni­ci­pal con­sump­ti­on is 23Ml/day.

For the ti­me being re­si­dents and vi­si­tors are as­ked to vo­lun­ta­ri­ly sa­ve 10% of wa­ter as of 1 Sep­tem­ber and use w­ha­te­ver wa­ter t­hey con­su­me, very spa­ringly.

Should the to­tal wa­ter le­vel of the Wol­we­dans, K­lip­heu­wel and Ernst Ro­bert­son dams drop to be­low 50%, furt­her, mo­re strin­gent re­stricti­ons will fol­low and in ad­di­ti­on, wa­ter could cost mo­re as wa­ter ta­riff in­cre­a­ses may be im­ple­men­ted in terms of the ap­pli­ca­ble, ap­pro­ved ta­riff po­li­cy and list.

As the We­stern Ca­pe was de­cla­red a droug­ht di­sas­ter a­rea on 4 Au­gust by the pre­mier of the We­stern Ca­pe, He­len Zil­le, and o­wing to the low rain­fall, coun­cil said it was im­pe­ra­ti­ve ap­pro­pri­a­te me­a­su­res we­re ta­ken to pro­tect va­lu­a­ble wa­ter re­sour­ces ti­me­ous­ly.

As dam le­vels con­ti­nue to de­cre­a­se, the na­ti­o­nal De­part­ment of Wa­ter and Sa­ni­ta­ti­on has al­so ur­ged pe­op­le to use wa­ter spa­ringly and al­ways mo­ni­tor wa­ter usa­ge.

In terms of the Wa­ter Ser­vi­ces By-Law, the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty may de­ter­mi­ne and im­po­se a re­stricti­on on the quan­ti­ty of wa­ter that may be con­su­med o­ver a spe­ci­fic pe­ri­od and im­po­se char­ges ad­di­ti­o­nal to tho­se de­ter­mi­ned in re­spect of the sup­ply of wa­ter in ex­cess of re­stricti­ons con­tem­pla­ted.

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