Water restrictions imposed

2016-09-07 06:00
Annette Lovemore

Annette Lovemore

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WATER restrictions are currently in place for residents in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

These restrictions were put in place from last Wednesday (August 31), after the decision was made at a council meeting.

As a result residents will not be allowed to use a hose to water their gardens or wash their cars.

Despite the opposition parties opposing the decision because the recommendation had not been submitted to the relevant standing committee and executive committee, it was voted in favour of the decision.

Annette Lovemore, mayoral committee member for Infrastructure and Engineering, said in a statement after the meeting that the municipality has been using approximately 60 million litres more than its allocation daily and has not taken action to address this.

“The minister of Water and Sanitation has published a notice in the Government Gazette in April that requires that we reduce our water consumption by 15%.

“This notice was published in the Gazette only after she and her department negotiated and pleaded with the metro to reduce consumption.”

Lovemore added that the full list of prohibited activities will be announced widely. “It is important to remember that failure to comply with the limits is a criminal offence and can lead to legal action,” warned Lovemore.

She added that it is important that the metro reduces it water consumption by 15% by the end of October this year.

“Businesses - especially our large water users - are encouraged to play their role as prominent citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay.

“If water consumption is not reduced within two months, the council will be forced to impose punitive measures,” Lovemore said.

According to Lovemore, these can include increased water tariffs for consumption above certain quotas and the installation of water at all new homes.

Lovemore said that the municipality would play its part too and address water leaks.

“The Municipality has a serious problem with respect to water losses. The solutions are not short-term and are multi-pronged. We expect to release full details of our strategy within the next fortnight. Already, advertisements for the employment of ten additional plumbers have been published,” said Lovemore.

Lourens Schoeman reports that the SA Weather service is forecasting a warmer and drier summer season from the start of summer until end of December.

Hugh van Niekerk, of the SA Weather Service in Port Elizabeth, said there is, however, a small chance of above average rainfall from late December to January 2017 over the whole province, especially in the north-eastern interior (former Transkei) and West Northwestern area.

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