Scheme to ease drought pressure

2017-08-09 06:00

AN extra 140 million litres of water will be pumped daily into the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s network, owing to the recently completed phase two of the Nooitgedacht Low Level Scheme.

The scheme has undergone a week of testing, and is now approved for ongoing supply to the city, Executive Mayor Athol Trollip said in a statement on Sunday.

“After two years of construction, this additional supply could not have come at a better time.

“The extra 140 million litres of water will compensate for the drought-induced shortages at the western supply dams,” Trollip said.

Having already lost all supply from the Churchill Dam, and the Kouga Dam now at below 15%, Nooitgedacht phase two may very well carry the municipality through the remaining months of winter.

The Department of Water and Sanitation has imposed a 22% restriction on sourcing water from the western supply dams, limiting daily supply to 274.9 ML.

“The infrastructure and engineering directorate, led by MMC Annette Lovemore, has done well to meet targets in this regard, taking some of the sting out of the ongoing drought.”

Trollip added that the municipality, however, remains water scarce with demand and supply is still neck and neck.

“Our water saving efforts absolutely have to continue unabated – let us continue working together to instil a water wise culture in our metro.”

He said that not only are they working tirelessly to increase water supply, but there is also a concerted effort to repair the city’s ageing infrastructure.

Standby teams of plumbers have been working weekends over the last three months to reduce the number of leaks drastically. Trollip urged Nelson Mandela Bay residents to report all leaks to 0800 20 50 50.

“In a well-run and forward-thinking city, planning and reducing repair turnaround times are crucial to ensuring water security. This government is focused on realising this vision.”

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