Use water sparingly, council urges
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.