New water restrictions affect Toti

2016-03-09 06:00

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WHILST the supply line to the larger Amanzimtoti area effectively excludes the area from the first stages of the city’s Drought Implementation plan, it is inevitable that we will be affected in the next stages, Cllr Andre Beetge confirmed recently.

“Residents are reminded that a 15% saving against residential use is already mandatory. This is an effort to reduce the city's current demand of 606 million litres to 515 million litres as the Midmar and Albert Falls dams were respectively 46% and 36% of their capacity on 3 March,” he said.

In addition to water supply being totally shut off to areas for as long as nine hours, twice a week as per the schedule, water pressure to certain low lying areas will be reduced to a minimum of 100kpa.

“Unfortunately there are also other problems associated with the situation as the system is effectively not designed to be shut, drained by usage and re-opened after the scheduled time, as it causes air entrapment which in turn leads to bursts and leaks,” Beetge added.

He said given the expected extent of technical issues, both human resources and equipment such as water tankers will be prioritised to these areas - there is no intention of dispatching tankers to areas during prescribed shut-down times.

“Once shut-down in terms of the schedule is complete, it might, depending on the extent of the pipe system, take several hours to re establish normal supply to higher lying properties,” Beetge stated.

Restrictions will remain in effect until dams have reached the 70% mark.
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